How to merge partitions in Windows 10?
This article introduces how to merge two partitions on Windows 10 (32/64 bit). To combine disk partitions, you may either use Disk Management or 3rd party software.
Merge partitions means combine 2 disk partitions into a larger one. Two typical situations to merge Windows 10 partitions: 1, system C drive or a data volume is running out of space, by combining with other partitions you can add the disk space to increase free space. 2, there are too many volumes causing it difficult to identify the partition and files you need.
2 ways to merge disk partition
To combine Windows 10 volumes there are two choices: native Disk Management utility and 3rd-party partition software.
Disk Management is a built-in component of all Windows Operating System, which can do some basic management operations such as create, delete and format volume. In Windows 10 Disk Management, there are advanced functions to change partition size. Shrink Volume can decrease partition size and produce Unallocated space on the right side. Extend Volume can increase partition size when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side. There is no “Merge Volumes” function in Disk Management, merging operation is realized by Extend Volume indirectly.
Instead, you may use 3rd-party disk partition software. Compare with Windows Disk Management, partition software is much more powerful. It is able to create, delete, format partition, change drive letter, resize, move merge, copy, hide, set active, convert, defrag, check partition, etc. When merge hard drives for Windows 10, you just need several clicks.
Combine partitions in Windows 10 Disk Management
When merging 2 partitions with Disk Management (DM for short), one of the partitions will be deleted. Back up or transfer files in this partition before deleting.
Steps to merge partitions in Windows 10 DM:
- Right click on bottom left corner and select Disk Management.
- Right click drive D and select Delete Volume, disk space of D will be converted to Unallocated.
- Right click drive C and select Extend Volume.
- Extend Volume Wizard will be launched, click Next to continue.
- Available disk and space is selected by default, simply click Next to continue.
- Click Finish to confirm and execute.
In a while, drive D is merged into C drive.
In Windows 10 Disk Management, you can only merge a volume into the left one, for example: merge drive D into C, or merge drive E into D.
Merge volumes with partition software
Among these types of software, NIUBI Partition Editor provides many unique technologies to ensure system and data intact, so it is recommended to accomplish this task. Better than Windows DM, NIUBI will move all files automatically for you, and you just need to click on it.
Steps to combine volume partitions on Windows 10 with NIUBI:
Step 1: Download NIUBI Partition Editor, right click any 1 of the two partitions that you want to combine together and select Merge Volume.
Step 2: In the pop-up window, select both partitions and then click OK.
When you merge two data volumes, you can select either as destination in the drop-down box. But when merging C and D drives, you can only select C as destination, otherwise it’ll cause system boot failure. (merge system partition C: to D is disabled)
Step 3: Press Apply button on top left to execute. (This operation works in its own virtual mode and real disk partitions won’t be changed until you click Apply to confirm).
After merging volumes complete, open C drive in Windows Files Explorer and then you’ll see a fold that is named as D to C(date and time). All files of D will be moved to this folder automatically.
Disadvantages of merging volumes
If you want to combine two data drives in Windows 10, you may follow the steps above, however, if you want to extend C drive by merging D, it is not recommended, because:
- You’ll lose data if you forget to back up or transfer before deleting partition. (with Disk Management)
- All Windows services, application, shortcuts that point to drive D stop working after deleting.
In this case, the best idea is shrinking D instead. Part of free space in drive D will be released and converted to Unallocated, add then combine the Unallocated space into C drive. By this method, nothing will be changed except partition size.
Watch the video how to resize volume on Windows 10: