SOLVED Disk Management shows two "D" partitions: how to make into just one?

JDD

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Windows 7 Pro, ASUS B85M-E motherboard, 16GB RAM, one 256GB SSD program drive and one 1-TB HDD data drive.

Windows explorer shows a single D drive of about 900GB total.

Disk Management shows Disk-1 with total 931.39GB and the following:
one 800MB partition
one smaller 300MB partition
two "D" partitions: first is 434.33GB and followed by 435.95GB
lastly a 60.03GB partition

1. Do I really need all three, small, partitions?
If not, how to have just a single partition on the HDD "D" drive?

2. How to merge these two D partitions into a single partition?

I have already backed up the entire drive to a flash.

Thanks for any and all advice!
 
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First off, there are physical disks & then there are Drive letters associated with partitions. You can only ever join partitions that are touching each other when you look at diskmgmt.msc (unless you use special software). So show a picture of diskmgmt.msc & tell us which partitions you don't need.

If everything on the entire 1TB physical unit is backed or not needed (and assuming your OS is on the SSD) then the easiest thing to do is delete every volume & every partition then allocate a single partition, format it, & assign it a drive letter
 
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I used GPARTED to join all partitions into one, then reloaded my backed data.

All good now.

End of problem, case closed!
 
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