To better use hard disk space, you should do some modification and management in certain time. Microsoft provides DiskPart command prompt and GUI Disk Management to do some basic operations such as create, delete, format partition and change drive letter. With 3rd-party software you can do much more operations such as resize, move, hide, set Active, label, copy, defrag, convert disk partition. In this article I'll show you how to move partition location inside a hard disk or to another disk.
In daily usage, there's no need to move partition location. If the partitions on a disk is in disorder such as C, E, D, you can fix this issue by changing drive letters one by one to C, D, E.
The main reason why many people want to move partition is because that they cannot extend system partition after shrinking another one. Both Disk Management and diskpart command tools can only merge Unallocated space to the left contiguous partition. After moving partition D to the right, Unallocated space will be next to C drive, then Extend Volume will be enabled. To accomplish this task, you have to run third party software.
Steps to move partition D to the right on Windows PC and server:
Then Unallocated space will be moved from right side of D to the left. To add Unallocated space to C drive: right click it and select "Resize/Move Volume" again, drag right border towards right in the pop-up window.
If you want to merge Unallocated space to the right contiguous partition E, you can merge directly without moving partition or Unallocated space. However, if there's another nonadjacent drive F and you want to merge Unallocated space to it, you have to move partition E to the left firstly.
How to merge Unallocated space to E drive:
How to move partition E to the left side:
If you want to extend a data partition (such as D:) but there's not enough free space in other volumes on the same disk, then you can move this partition to another disk. Follow the steps to move single partition to another disk:
After clicking Apply to take effect, all programs in original D drive will run from the new partition, then you can delete original D drive.
If your system disk is small or if you want to move Operating System and programs from traditional HDD to SSD, follow the steps below to move all partitions to another disk:
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