I do have many blank partition in my hard drive which I want to combine to make a single large partition and also make if NTFS. Please tell me the procedure..and I also have a "extended" partition..don't know what it means..but I also want to make that partition as NTFS..please help me!

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Partitions contain File Systems. There are many operations that you can do on these partitions. I recommend you have a look at gparted.

sudo apt-get install gparted

The exteneded partition is just a particular kind of container which can contain more partitions. In early partition table schemes, there was only room for 4 partitions. The need to have more caused an evolution to making one of these an "extended" partition which contains more partitions. With newer partitioning schemes (gpt) this limitation is overcome.

However, what you propose, to fuse the contents of different partitions into a single partition is difficult to do and depends on what kind of file systems these partitions hold. If they are different kinds of file systems (for example ext4 and FAT32), it's simply not practical to fuse them together.

Your best bet would be to buy a new hard drive, large enough to hold the contents of all the file systems on the old drive. Then create one large partition on the new drive, format it with your chosen file system (ext4, btrfs, etc.) and then copy the entire contents of the older drive's file systems.

  • But what if I want to fuse two or three blank NTFS partitions into a single NTFS partition? Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 4:45
  • It's apparently possible to merge 2 contiguous NTFS partitions "in-place" without losing their data, according to this post. To merge 3 partitions, if they are adjacent to each other, you could do a two step process of first merging two partitions, and then merging the result with the last partition.
    – dbkeys
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 12:00
  • I don't have any OS installed on my pc..I only use live ubuntu from DVD..what do I do if I want to combine partition using UBUNTU live.. Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 16:48
  • The information I found on merging NTFS partitions is using a free version of commercial software, EaseUS Partition Master Free 11.9
    – dbkeys
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 20:04

Be very careful of what you are doing! you might end up erasing critical partitions on your disk.

Now remember that only contiguous spaces on your disk can be clubbed together to form a partition.

Each disk can have up to four primary partitions OR three primary partitions and an extended partition. If you need four partitions or less, you can just create them as primary partitions. Lets say you need 5 partitions, then you make 3 primary and 1 extended and then 2 logical partitions inside the extended partition. (the Extended partition serves as a container for multiple logical paritions)

On Ubuntu you can use the GParted tool


or on a command line

sudo apt-get install gparted
gksudo gparted

Now coming to the last part of the question :

To fuse together partitions, you will have to deleted them and then make a new partition out of the available space. Remember the deleting partitions will erase all data on them and to make a new bigger partition all the newly vacant memory spaces should be contiguous

  • I am using Ubuntu live from dvd..is that live version able to download and run the program Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 4:49
  • ubuntu live cd comes loaded with gparted tool, thats true for 12.04+ AFAIK. You can look up the installed programs by clicking the Super key OR also called the windows key on the keyboard and start typing GParted in the available blank that pops up. In case can't find it pre-installed you can download it the way I have mentioned Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 4:52
  • @DebanjanKarmakar if that helped you please do not forget to upvote :) Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 5:50
  • file:///home/ubuntu/Pictures/Screenshot%20from%202016-10-24%2006-25-06.png see this don't know how that mb partition ws created how do remove it? and also combine those other blank partitions... Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 6:27
  • file:///home/ubuntu/Pictures/Screenshot%20from%202016-10-24%‌​2006-25-06.png thats a local file path my friend, can only be opened on your system @DebanjanKarmakar upload the screenshot on postimage probably Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:17

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