In the daily use of Windows 7, we find that a hard drive is always divided into two partitions. Most commonly situation is that one for Windows 7, and others for data storage. After years of usage, the computer hard drive may has been filled with various of data. In this case, the free space of each partition will become smaller and smaller. Most important of all, you may disappointedly find that Windows 7 also runs slowly. How can you increase the system partition, or the data storage partition?
Before meeting the warning message “You are running on a very low disk space. Please free some disk space and try again”, Many of us may turn to Windows built-in command promt for help, in case of Windows system crash and data loss, which might be a painful experience. Since all partitions are nearly full, free unallocated space to increase another in meaningless. But combine partitions in Windows 7 might be helpful. How to solve such problem?
After running command prompt in Windows 7, we will find that this tool is not the terminator for this issue. In Windows 7, if we want to extend partitions, there must be an unallocated space right behind the partition you are going to extend. Otherwise, all are superfluous unless we delete the partition at the back, which is a risk of losing data if we don’t do any backup.
But if we have make up our mind to free a partition to extend the former one, what should we do by using command prompt? Here are the steps:
1. Run “diskpart.exe”, then press “Enter”.
2. Type “list volume” at the command prompt.
3. Type “select volume (number)” you want to free space.
4. Type “delete volume” to delete the selected volume.
5. Type “select volume (number)” to select the volume you want to extend. This volume should be in the front of the free space and they are adjacent.
6. Type “extend” to merge all of the free space.
Note: You should type these command without the quotes.
We should know that the methods mentioned above is the helpless choice at last. So we need to find a more reliable way, that is, to merge two partitions to expand the free space without losing data. And merging partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard maybe the right choice.
MiniTool Partition Wizard professional edition is specially designed to manage our disk partitions easily. It contains a bundle of both basic and advanced features to optimize the usage of hard disk space, including basic disk management and dynamic disk management. Concerning to merge partitions we mentioned, here is the step-by-step tutorial of how to merge two partitions in Windows 7.
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard professional edition in Windows 7, choose the partition you are going to merge and select “Merge” feature.
Step 2: Confirm the partition you want to expand and click “Next“.
Step 3: Choose the partition that will be included to the target partition. Note you should choose adjacent partitions, no matter it is in the left side or in the right side. Click “Finish“.
Step 4: When you come back to the main interface, you are expected to press “Apply” to make all operations effective.
Tips: MiniTool Partition Wizard professional edition works on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP (both 32 and 64bit). If you are server user, Partition Wizard Server edition will suit you best.
By using “Merge Partition” feature, Windows 7 users can combine two partitions easily without deleting data. If you think this method is better than using Windows command prompt, you can purchase one to have a try.