When partitioning a hard drive, computer novices always partition at random. Due to unreasonable operation, they are more likely to come across the warning message “Low Disk Space” in daily use. Along with the warning, Windows suggests users to free some disk space by deleting unnecessary files.
Another phenomenon is that a partition (especially partition C) turns red to indicate it is running out of disk space and needs to be expanded. If not, computer’s running speed will be deeply affected.
You may have realized that even a hard drive is in low disk space, some other partitions still have redundant space. Why not merge partitions to a bigger one for better usage? So you head for Windows built-in Disk Management to have a try.
The result? It’s hard to say. If there is an unallocated space right after the target partition, you will win. If not, things will become complex. Although it is undeniable that Disk Management helps a lot in coping with disk/partition issues, there are always exceptions to the rule:
• You cannot extend a partition if the allocated space is not adjacent after the target partition, unless you agree to convert the disk to dynamic disk.
• If there is no unallocated space on all disks, the option “Extend Volume” is disabled.
Then, how can Disk Management help you get rid of these limits? Well, you still have a bad choice to back up and delete a partition that is adjacent after the target partition and then execute “Extend Volume”.
But if you want to keep things simple, you should think about problems from a new perspective. Here is a new idea to solve your problem, and that is to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to merge two partitions to one.
The free edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard does not support “merge partition”. You should select an advanced edition such as professional edition for this support.
The feature “Merge Partition” helps users to merge two adjacent partitions and works only for NTFS partitions. If the target partition is formatted with FAT12/FAT16/FAT32, please convert partition to NTFS at first.
To extend partition with free partition manager software is an easy and efficient way. You can join two adjacent partitions together as you wish and do not need to worry about data loss.
Step 1: Right click the partition you are going to merge and choose “Merge“.
Step 2: In the pop-up window, you just need to confirm the target partition and click “Next” to go on.
Step 3: In this page, choose the partition that will be included to the target partition and then click “Finish“.
Finally, press “Apply” to end your operation.
Tips: If you want to extend a system partition, “Merge Partition” is not the best choice. You can choose “Extend Partition” instead. By this way only the free space in other partitions is added to system partition, and you won’t feel annoyed with the messy files.
Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional to have a try.