Why merge partitions without losing data?
A hard drive has to be initialized and partitioned before it can be used. You may
want to merge partitions in following situations.
The HDD or SSD does not partitioned reasonably. For example, C drive for
operating system is not big enough yet the D drive used for data storing somehow
has redundant space. You can move free space form C drive to D drive, or just merge D drive to C drive to
get a bigger partition.
The hard drive is MBR partition style. On a MBR disk, the maximum primary
partitions number is 4. If you want to create a primary partition when there are
already 4, you have to either merge partitions to reduce the partition number orconvert MBR to GPT without losing data to break the limit.
There are definitely applications or data on one of the partitions. To save the time
and effort of reinstalling, it is a wise move to merge partition without data
Merge partitions without formatting with easy steps in Windows 7/8/10
Some users may wonder if there is any easier way to merge
two partitions without losing data. Fortunately, the answer is yes. AOMEI Partition
Assistant Standard, free partition manager, allows you to merge NTFS partitions without losing data within a
few clicks. No need to backup and restore before and after the process; no need to
delete a partition before resizing.
With the help of its user-friendly interface, even a
computer novice can does a great job. Free download to have a try. Below part will take how to merge D and E drive
without losing data for example.
1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the D partition and
select Merge Partitions.
2. Select the partition that needs to be merged (Partition E) and click OK.
Note: as covered, C drive cannot be merged to other drives. If you
choose C partition here, all data on D drive will be stored to C:\d-drive.
3. Preview the result. Click Apply and then Proceedto commit the pending operation. A reboot is required.
You can only merge two adjacent partitions of the same physical hard drive.
If the two partitions do not contiguous, you can resize one of the partitions a
little to generate a small part of unallocated space. And then, use Move
Partition to adjust their location.
You can merge all unallocated space in the same way. No restrict on unallocated space.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional allows you to allocate free space from one
drive to another directly.
How to merge partitions without losing data using Disk
In Disk Management, you can delete and resize partition
to achieve the goal. However, to guarantee data security, you need to perform a
partition volume backup or file backup before taking further steps. Next, delete that partition to
generate unallocated space. Finally, extend volume to that space. Here come the
detailed steps of merging C and D drive as well.
1. Backup or copy files on the D drive to a safe
2. Press Win + R to start Run. Type diskmgmt.msc and
press Enter to open Disk Management.
3. Right click D drive and select Delete
Volume. All data on the partition will be wiped. Click Yes to continue.
4. You’ll get an unallocated space. Right click C drive
and select Extend Volume. Follow the wizard to complete
5. The partition is extended. Now, you can restore the
files to the C drive.
That is a little roundabout but still helpful. The C
drive is enlarged finally and the data on D drive does not lose. The extend
operation can also be completed with Diskpart. Click to learn how to extend partition in Diskpart.
Two ways are available when you want to merge partitions without losing data in
Windows 7/8/10. As a matter of fact, you can resize partition flexibly in AOMEI
Partition Assistant. As a qualified partition manager, you can also perform OS
migration and disk copy if the need ever arises.