Repartition hard disk drive on Windows 10
No matter you use Windows laptop or desktop, you should manage disk partitions regularly, for example: shrink a drive to extend other one that is running low on disk space, merge two small drives, convert disk and partition type. With partition software, you can accomplish without reinstalling Windows or losing data. In this article, I’ll show you how to repartition hard drive in Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit) with Windows built-in utility and third party partitioning software.
Repartition hard drive without software
Windows 10 has built-in Disk Management, with which you can create, delete, format, set Active partition and change drive letter. In addition, you can re-size partition with the advanced Shrink and Extend Volume functionalities. However, to repartition hard disk drive in Windows 10, the built-in features can only help you in some conditions, the typical example includes:
- Shrink Volume only works for NTFS partition, and it can only generate Unallocated space on the right side.
- Extend Volume only works when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side, and it only supports NTFS partition, too.
If you want to increase C drive space by shrinking D, Windows 10 Disk Management cannot help you. More about Shrink and Extend Volume:
To repartition hard drive on Windows 10, professional partition software is always better choice.
Repartition hard disk with partition software
Comparing with Windows 10 Disk Management, partition software can do much more operations such as merge partitions, move, copy, convert, defrag, wipe, repair and scan partition. When resizing disk partitions, you just need to drag and drop on the software. In addition, all NTFS and FAT32 drives in the same disk can be re-partitioned easily, no matter they are contiguous or not. Unallocated space and free space inside of any drive can be moved and combined to other drives.
Take care of system and data
Yes, partition software is easier and much more powerful than Windows 10 native Disk Management, but not all 3rd-party software can repartition disk drive well. Many people focus on the amount of functionalities or interface of a partition management software, few people pay attention to data safety. Actually, there is data loss and system damage risk while repartitioning hard disk drive, so it is important to select a safe and reliable partition software. Nobody likes to see family photos, work documents or other precious files lost.
As the safest partition tool in the market, NIUBI Partition Editor can ensure 100% system and data intact, because its unique 1 Second Rollback technology can automatically roll back the computer to original status if any software or hardware issue occur. If it happens, your computer can recover without damage in a flash.
How to resize disk partition
In most of the computers, system C drive has highest probability to run out of space, and there is other adjacent drive such as D. Here I’ll show you how to extend C drive by shrinking D, and then you’ll know how easy it is to repartition hard drive in Windows 10.
Download NIUBI Partition Editor and you’ll see all disk partitions. In my Windows 10 laptop, there are drive C, D, E and several system reserved partitions. Original C drive is 30GB and D is 50GB.
Step 1: Right click drive D and select Resize/Move Volume, drag left border towards the right to shrink it.
20GB Unallocated space is generated behind C drive. (If you drag right border towards the left, Unallocated space will be generated on the right side of drive D.)
Step 2: Right click C drive and select Resize/Move Volume again, drag the right border rightwards to combine the 20GB Unallocated space.
C drive is increased to 50GB, click Apply on top left to execute, done.
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