How to move partition on Windows Server and PC
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 many other operations such as resize, move, hide, set Active, label, copy, defrag, convert disk drives. You may refer to the online tutorials, here I want to talk about moving partition without losing data. I’ll show you 1 step method to move volume on Windows platform, including Windows10/8/7/Vista/XP and Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Disk Management cannot move partition
In Windows XP and Server 2003 Disk Management console, you cannot do any advanced operations such as copy, convert, resize and move disk drives. In the later Windows versions, Microsoft added Shrink Volume and Extend Volume functionalities to resize partitioned volume directly. However, they are useless if you want to shrink D to extend C drive, except that you can move partition.
In technical forums, many people feedback such issue that Extend Volume is disabled for C drive after shrinking volume D. Actually, when Extend Volume is greyed out, you just need 1 step to move partition D to the right side. Then the Unallocated space is adjacent to C drive, Extend Volume is enabled again.
How to move volume on Windows PC
For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP users, you may use free partition manager software to move partition.Download NIUBI Partition Editor Free Edition and you’ll see the disk partition layout as well detailed info of each drive.
In my Windows 10 laptop, C drive is on the left side and there is 20GB Unallocated space on the right side of volume D. I’ll show you how to move partition D to the right side.
Right click drive D and select Resize/Move Volume:
In the pop-up window, you’ll see drive D and the adjacent 20GB Unallocated space.
Drag middle position of D rightwards to move it:
Partition D will be moved to the right side and the Unallocated space will be moved to the left side at the same time.
Click OK and back to the main window, there is a list in Pending Operations on the bottom left corner, press Apply on top left to proceed, or click Undo to cancel this operation if you don’t want to do like this.
You can easily move a partition with adjacent Unallocated space on either left or right side.
How to move partition on Windows Server
Actually, the same with the method above, you just need click and drag to move partition on Windows Server, too, then why I write a separate paragraph?
To a server, there are large amount of precious files, so you’d better pay more attention. No matter you resize, move, merge or convert disk drive, there is risk of system damage and/or data loss. Few server administrators know about this and it is too late when damage happens. When you do these operations, all partition software should modify the parameters of related disk, volume and all files of this volume correctly. Any software related error or some hardware issue such as power failure could cause these parameters failed to be modified. In that case, you’ll lose data or cannot boot Windows with no doubt.
Thanks to the unique 1 Second Rollback Protection technology, NIUBI Partition Editor can automatically roll back the computer to the status before these operations in one second if any software or hardware issue occur. This is tremendous innovation in disk management industry that can ensure 100% system and data intact.
When moving partitions, all files in this partition should be moved to new locations at the same time. The more files to move, the longer time is needed. In the same condition, NIUBI Partition Editor can be done 30% to 300% faster than other tools because of its special file-moving algorithm. Saving much time when moving a partition with large amount of files in it.