How to Increase Partition Capacity in Windows?
Want to increase partition capacity but don’t know how? This post shows tells you how to easily enlarge partition in Windows under different situations.
1. Why increase partition capacity?
2. Step-by-step guide: Increase partition capacity in Windows
2.1 Extend partition via Disk Management
2.2 Increase partition size via Diskpart
2.3 Merge Partition with unallocated space
2.4 Allocate free space from one partition to another
“My Windows 10 computer tells me that I’m running out of the space on C drive and I can free up space by deleting old files. I don’t want to remove files. The hard drive has two partitions: C and D; and D has lot of unused space. How can I increase C drive space?”
As aforementioned, if you find that a certain partition has not enough space to contain more and more data, you can increase the partition size. And you enlarge a partition as you don’t want to waste the unallocated space forming after deleting recovery partition or cloning to a larger disk.
When you need to increase partition capacity of C drive or other drives, you may be in different conditions:
✔ Extend partition via Disk Management
Step 1. Press Windows + R at the same time, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit Enter.
Step 2. In Disk Management, locate the partition whose capacity needs to be increased, right-click it and choose “Extend Volume”.
Step 3. You’ll be in "Extend Volume Wizard" interface, click “Next” to continue.
Step 4. Here Disk 0 is automatically selected as the disk from which you take free space to C drive. Click “Next“
Note: Supposed that if there is another hard disk that owns unallocated space, you can’t add the unallocated space to C drive as a basic disk can’t own space on two or multiple partitions. If you want to extend partition with unallocated space on different disk, you can convert basic disk to dynamic at first.
Step 5. Confirm the operation and then click "Finish". After a while, you’ll find that the partition extended.
✔ Increase partition space via Diskpart
Step 1. Press Windows + R simultaneously, input “diskpart” and hit Enter.
Step 2. Run commands listed as follows:
list disk – all disks will be listed
select disk n – n means the disk number of the disk that contains the partition that you want to extend
list partition – all partitions on the selected disk will be displayed
select partition m – m is the partition number of the partition that you want to enlarges
PS.: If you want to add a specified size of unallocated space to partition, you can replace “extend” with “extend size=x”, where x is the size in MB that you want to add to the partition.
But don’t worry, a powerful third-party partition manager, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can be a great solution! With “Merge Partitions” function, it enables you to increase partition size by adding unallocated space that is or isn’t contiguously behind the partition that you want to enlarge. With “Allocate Free Space” function, it helps you to take free space from one partition to another partition without data loss. If you are in condition 2/3, you can increase partition capacity via “Merge partitions”; if you are in condition, choose “Allocate Free Space” function. Then, have a look at how to use the great partition manager to enlarge partition effortlessly.
☞ Note: You can download its demo version to have a try at first!
✔ Merge Partition with unallocated space
Step 1. Install and run the partition manager. In the main interface, right-click the partition that you want to enlarge (here is partition C) and choose “Merge Partitions”
Step 2. In this window, check the box before Unallocated and click "Next".
Step 3. Here you can see that the capacity of partition C will be increased. Click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the operation.
✔ Allocate free space from one partition to another
Step 1. Right-click the partition that has enough unused space and choose “Allocate Free Space”.
Step 2. In the pop-up dialogue, type the size and choose your destination partition.
Step 3. Here you can preview the result. After confirmation, click "Apply" and "Proceed" to execute it.