Repartition hard disk drive on Windows 10

Updated on: May 17, 2019

This article introduces how to repartition hard drive in Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit) without losing data. Repartition hard disk volume by drag and drop.

After running the Windows 10 laptop or desktop for a period of time, system partition C or other data volume may runs out of space. Many people wonder if it is possible to repartition hard disk drives without reinstalling Windows and programs. In this article, I'll show you how to repartition hard drive in Windows 10 with built-in utility and third party partitioning software.

Repartition hard drive without software

Windows 10 has built-in Disk Management utility, with which you can create, delete, format, set Active partition and change drive letter. In addition, you can re-size partition with its advanced Shrink and Extend Volume function. If you just want to decrease a large volume to create new, or delete an allocated partition to extend the left contiguous one, you can accomplish without third party software.

If you want to extend a volume by shrinking other one, Disk Management cannot help you because of its restrictions:

  • Shrink Volume can only shrink a partition towards left and make Unallocated space on the right side.
  • Extend Volume only works when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side.
  • Both functions support NTFS partition only, FAT32 and any other types are not supported.

To repartition hard drive on Windows 10, professional partition software is better choice.

Disk Management

Repartition hard drive inside a disk

Comparing with Windows 10 Disk Management, NIUBI Partition Editor has advantages such as:

Thus, Unallocated or unused space can be transferred inside a hard disk. Besides resizing hard drive partition, it helps merge, copy, convert, defrag, wipe, hide and scan partition, etc.

Take care of system and data

Many people focus on the amount of functions or interface of a partitioning software, few people pay attention to data protection ability. Actually, there is data loss and system damage risk while repartitioning hard disk drives. It is important to back up and select a safe partition tool.

Better than tools, NIUBI Partition Editor has unique and powerful technologies to protect system and data:

How to repartition Windows 10 computer with NIUBI

In most of the computers, system C drive has highest probability running out of space, and there is other adjacent drive such as D. Here I'll show you how to repartition both C and D drive.

Download NIUBI Partition Editor and you'll see the disk partition with structure and other information. C is 30GB and D is 50GB.

Main window

Step 1: Right click drive D: and select "Resize/Move Volume", drag left border towards right in the pop-up window (or enter an amount directly 1024MB=1GB).

Shrink D

Then D is repartitioned and 20GB Unallocated is made on the left side.

Shrink D rightwards

Step 2: Right click drive C: and select "Resize/Move Volume" again, drag right border towards right to combine this Unallocated space.

Extend C drive

Then C drive is repartitioned to 50GB.

Extend volume C

If you want to repartition drive D and E, or C and E, follow this guide.

Repartition hard drive with other disk

Right click a partition and run "Resize/Move Volume", drag the border towards other side, then you can shrink this partition or extend it with adjacent Unallocated space. Drag the middle position towards other side, then you can move partition and Unallocated space.

By this method, you can repartition hard drives in the same disk. But if you want to extend a partition by shrinking other partition in another separated disk, the method is invalid and no software can do. Because hard disk is physical unit and its size is fixed. A 500GB disk can't be decreased to 250GB or increased to 1TB.

If there is no or not plenty of unused space in all other partitions of the same disk, you can copy to a larger disk and repartition drives with extra disk.

Besides repartition disk drives, NIUBI Partition Editor helps you merge, copy, convert, defrag, hide, wipe partition, scan bad sectors, etc.

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