When to extend partition into non contiguous space?
Almost every disk is partitioned with C:, D:, E: drives maybe even more volumes in
Windows 7/8/10 and in its previous versions. However, one of the most common
problems in partition management is the volume is out of space, and mostly the
volume is the system drive C: /. If there is free space on the same disk and it is
separated by other data partitions, you will need to extend to non contiguous space
to enlarge system drive (as shown below). If there is no free space on the disk, you
can replace this small drive with larger disk, and the likely consequence is you
will find a large amount of unallocated space
at the end after cloning. And now, you will face the same situation as above
to extend partition into non adjacent space. But, how do you achieve the goal? Find
the answer in following part.
How to extend volume into non contiguous unallocated space?
Backup everything important since you will make changes to partitions. If you right
click on C drive, you will find that the Extend
Volume is grayed out. If you insist on using Windows built-in tool Disk
Management to extend non adjacent partition or free space, you have to delete the
in-between partitions. That would be D: / with 488 GB capacity here. You can extend
D: / to the unallocated space first and make it unallocated space by deleting it
later. The Extend Volume will be usable by then. But deleting partition means you
will lose contents inside of it. In most instances, this is not a wise choice.
If the partition you want to extend to non adjacent space is data partition instead
of system partition and boot partition, you can convert it to dynamic partition and then select extend volume option. Note that a FAT partition cannot be
extended and some Windows operating systems like Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows
XP Free Edition don’t support dynamic disk, either.
Alternatively, you can try the easiest way to merge non adjacent partitions and
unallocated space using handy and reliable partition manager AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
This software is free for Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. There is no need
to delete partitions or to convert partition to dynamic one. Just within a few
clicks, the task would be done. The installer package is small since there is no
ad-ware bundled, so download it and have a try.
Extend to non adjacent unallocated space using Free AOMEI Partition Assistant
Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the
partition you want to extend, and click Merge Partitions.
Step2. Check the target partition as well as the unallocated space
box here and click OK.
Step3. Now the target partition C: / drive is enlarged from 51.86 GB
to 442.49 GB. Click Apply to execute the operation.
Step4. Click Proceed after your confirmation.
As you can see, only four steps needed, you are able to extend partition into non
contiguous space using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, whether it is system
drive or not. Actually, this free partition manager is capable of many other things.
For example, you can reformat
partition to FAT32 with it, or shrink
C: drive to enlarge other partitions. Some other features like transfer OS to new
hard drive, create bootable media, and copy disk/partition are also