How to extend volume C on Windows 10

Updated on: May 17, 2019

This article introduces how to extend volume C: drive in Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit) without losing data. Expand partition C with native Disk Management and partition editor software.

Windows Updates, services, applications and many other kinds of files write into system C: drive continuously every day. Sooner or later your C drive becomes full, especially when C drive was created less than 40GB.

The fast way to solve this problem is by resizing partitions. Shrink other data volumes to get unused space and then add into C drive. Some Windows 10 users feedback they don't know how to resize hard drive partition and worry about data safety. In this article, I'll introduce how to extend C drive volume in Windows 10 without data loss.

Tips before extending C drive

There are several points you should know before extending C drive in Windows 10, otherwise, it may cause trouble:

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Expand partition C via Windows tool

To extend system C: drive in Windows 10, there are two choice: Windows built-in Disk Management and 3rd-party application. Because of many limitations, Disk Management is not the best.

The precondition to expand C drive with Disk Management: there must be adjacent Unallocated space on the right side. Some people try to shrink the adjacent volume D with Shrink Volume and got some Unallocated space, but when right clicking C drive, Extend Volume is grayed out.

Extend Volume greyed out

To extend volume with Windows 10 Disk Management, the only option is by deleting the adjacent volume to get Unallocated space.

Steps to extend C drive with Windows 10 Disk Management:

  1. Back up or transfer all files in the adjacent volume (usually D:) .
  2. Press Window and X on keyboard and select Disk Management.
  3. Right click volume D and select Delete Volume to get Unallocated space.
  4. Right click C drive and select Extend Volume.
  5. Finish the Extend Volume Wizard and then C drive will be extended.

Note:

  1. Do not delete the adjacent volume if you installed programs in it. Otherwise, some programs will stop working even if you moved all files.
  2. In some situation, you cannot extend C drive even by deleting D.

Extend C drive with partition software

With NIUBI Partition Editor, it is much easier to resize partition and expand C drive, you just need to click and drag on the disk map. Beside resizing disk drives, it also helps do many other operations, such as move, merge, copy, convert, defrag, wipe, active, label, check partition, etc.

Steps to extend partition C on Windows 10 with NIUBI:

Download this software, you'll see the main window with disk partition information and available operations.

Main window

Step 1: Right click drive D and select "Resize/Move Volume", drag left border towards right in the pop-up window.

Shrink D

As you see, part of unused space is converted to Unallocated on the left side of D.

Shrink D rightwards

Step 2: Right click drive C and select "Resize/Move Volume" again, drag right border towards right in the pop-up window.

Extend C drive

As you see, C drive is extended by merging the Unallocated space.

Extend volume C

This software is designed to work in its virtual mode, the operations you do will be listed as pending on bottom left, and real disk partitions won't be modified until click Apply to confirm.

Video guide to enlarge C: drive on Windows 10.

It doesn't matter if there is not enough unused space in the adjacent volume (D:), you can get from any non adjacent partition in the same disk. To do this, follow the steps here.

In Summary

If you want to extend C drive in Windows 10, no matter it is 32 bit or 64 bit, laptop or desktop, mechanical hard disk or SSD, the native Disk Management tool can only accomplish by deleting the continuous partition. You can't do do this in most situations, so you'd better run safe partition software such as NIUBI partition editor. It provides unique data protection technologies and several ways to help extend volume. Besides resizing and extending partition, it also helps you merge, copy, convert, defrag, wipe, hide partition, etc.

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