Move partition and Unallocated space on Windows 7
To use disk space more efficiently, besides creating, deleting, formatting partition, sometimes you need to shrink, extend and move partition. Besides creating new volume, Unallocated space can be used to expand other drives, but sometimes you need to move it first. In this article, I’ll show you how to move partition and move Unallocated space in Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit) without losing data.
Cannot move partition in Disk Management
Comparing with previous Windows XP, Windows 7 enhanced the ability of build-in Disk Management. With new added Shrink Volume and Extend Volume functionalities, you can decrease and increase partition size without starting over. Many people try to change partition size with this tool, but failed in many situations, because:
- Only NTFS partition is supported by Shrink and Extend Volume.
- Shrink Volume can only produce Unallocated space on the right side.
- Extend Volume only works when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side.
For example: when you decrease drive D with Shrink Volume, Unallocated space is generated on the right side of D, but to enlarge C drive with Extend Volume, there must be Unallocated space on the left side of D. So Disk Management is useless except that it can move Unallocated space to behind C drive, but there is no “Move Volume” feature in Windows 7 Disk Management console.
Move partition & Unallocated with software
Disk partition software is much more powerful to accomplish this task. As the safest partition tool in the market, NIUBI Partition Editor can resize and move partition in Windows 7 easily and safely. You just need 1 step to move Unallocated space to behind C drive after shrinking D. Actually, you can shrink D and produce Unallocated space on the left side, so you can extend C drive directly without moving disk drive.
Download NIUBI Partition Editor Professional and you’ll see the disks with partition layout. In my Windows 7 laptop, there are drive C, D, E, F and an 20GB Unallocated space which is shrank from drive D. I can move Unallocated space to before or behind any drive in the same Disk 0.
Move Unallocated space to the left
Right click drive D and select Resize/Move Volume, drag the middle position rightwards in the pop-up window.
Unallocated space is moved to the left side of drive D.
If you want to merge Unallocated space to C drive, right click C drive and select “Resize/Move Volume” again, drag the right border rightwards in the pop-up window.
Unallocated space is added into C drive.
Move Unallocated space to the right
If you want to move Unallocated space to the right side of drive E, click Undo on top left, all previous operations will be cancelled. (Disk partitions won’t be changed until you click Apply to confirm.)
Right click drive E and select Resize/Move Volume, drag the middle position leftwards in the pop-up window.
Unallocated space is moved to the right side of drive E.
Move Unallocated space to the end
Similarly, right click drive F and select Resize/Move Volume, drag the middle position leftwards in the pop-up window.
Unallocated space is moved to the end of this disk.
If you want to move partition in Windows 7 to exchange position, for example: move partition E to the right side of F, you may do like this:
- Transfer all files in drive E to other location or device.
- Right click E and select Delete Volume.
- Right click F and select Resize/Move Volume, drag the middle position leftwards to move Unallocated space to the right side.
- Right click the Unallocated space and select Create Volume.
- Transfer files back to drive E.
Windows 7 native Disk Management component cannot move partition which cause Shrink and Extend Volume useless in most of conditions. With NIUBI Partition Editor, it is very easy to move partition drive and Unallocated space in Windows 7. To do this, you just need to drag and drop on the disk map.