“My C drive, the Windows 10 system drive, is running low on space which make the computer performance really suffer. So, now, I plan on extending it with the D drive from Disk Management. However, after shrinking the D drive, the unallocated space is created to the right of it – the D drive is right in the way between the C drive and the unallocated space and the ‘Extend volume’ option is greyed out. We all know that to extend any partition from Disk Management, the unallocated space should be right next to it. So, can I swap the partition positions on Windows 10?”
Why do we need to move Windows 10 partition?
Many people did not partition the hard disk well at the first time. With the usage of computer, the shortage of the unreasonable partition space will show up. Thus, you have to resize a partition to create a piece of unallocated space. Otherwise, you might run into the “low disk space” warning and the computer performance will suck badly.
In such a case, you have to extend the partition, especially the system drive. To extend a partition requires enough unallocated space, which can be gotten by shrinking or deleting another partition. If you plan to extend the partition using Disk Management or DiskPart.exe, the unallocated space must be right behind the to-be-extended partition, or you will fail. So, to move partitions to make the unallocated space and the to-be-extended partition adjacent is what you should do next
Freeware to move partition in Windows 11/10/8/7
To move partition for Windows 10, you can use a third-party software. Considering the features and price, here we highly recommend you the free partition manager: AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This partition software is able to not only move partition, but also resize partition, format partition, create partition, delete partition, clone partition, etc.It supports almost all Windows PC operating system including Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11/XP/Vista. You can download the freeware and take the following steps to move partition in Windows 10.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. You will see the main interface of this software, and the basic state of your partitions. Here you can see that there is a piece of unallocated space behind the D partition.
Step 2. If you want to move the unallocated space to the left side of D partition, right click D partition, select "Resize/Move Partition".
Step 3. Here you have already reached the interface of Move Partition. Put the mouse on the D partition part and drag it rightwards until the end., Then, click OK.
Step 4. Back to the main interface, you will find the D partition and the unallocated space changed their positions. Now, click the "Apply" at the left top to submit the operation. Then, wait till the progress to be finished.
After the D partition is moved to the left side and the C drive and unallocated space are adjacent, you can add it into the C drive via the “Extend Volume” from Disk Management. Or, you can use the “Resize/Move Partition” feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to add the unallocated space into C drive. It can resize NTFS, RAW and FAT32 partition while the Disk Management can only resize NTFS and RAW partition.
Actually, there is another advanced feature named “Merge Partitions”, which can directly merge non-adjacent unallocated space into another partition, like the C drive.
Step 1. Right-click the system partition for example and choose "Advanced" > “Merge Partitions”.
Step 2. Tick the unallocated space and click on “OK”.
Step 3. Go back to the main interface, click on “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the pending operation.
So, with the free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can easily move Windows 10 partitions to enlarge another partition that requires more disk space. Besides, if you want to move partition to another drive (SSD or HDD), you can make use of the “Partition Clone” feature. To get more amazing features: allocate free space from one drive to another, convert MBR to GPT without losing data for Windows 11, split a partition into 2 partitions, etc, please upgrade to Professional edition.