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Reallocating free space from one partition to primary OS partition - Windows 10

executivedealer 2,787 491 September 14, 2016 at 04:10 PM
In disk management, I have no option to extend the volume space on my C drive. I've tried shrinking my secondary drive so that a third partition gets automatically created, but still see no 'extend' option on my C drive. Anyone have any ideas as to how to do this? Please see the screenshot attached to see the type of drives and space I am working with on my windows 10 laptop.

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Try using
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free [partitionwizard.com]
Tried using the tool, clicked on C drive and clicked on extend, it says not enough free space. I have 6 GB of free space on C drive. Is there a specific way to take the space in the unallocated space (see screenshot) and allocate it to the C drive? I've done this before on my desktop, but not sure why I'm having such a hard time on my laptop.
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for basic disk (i dont like dynamic), i think windows doesn't support combine logical disk, and the free space have to be connected.
usually are right behind, your screenshot shows not only logical, and a partition between C and Free.

the recovery feature may format C, make sure you really want to extend instead of move folder to other partition. Desktop and Document folders are easy change location.

you can disable Hibernation if you don't use it. can save as much as the RAM size.

disable pagefile on C, change to others may work.

you have an encrypted partition, even use a tool can move files and change everything on the background may not work, and dangerous if crash.

i would move files then delete the logical disk, depends how many external space you have, you can disable hibernation, disable pagefile, then copy some to C, copy the rest to external, then delete.

use TreeSize Free to find big garbage files.
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Can you try removing the data on the second partition (temporarily move to somewhere else), delete the second partition THEN resize it all and move the data back?
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Can you try removing the data on the second partition (temporarily move to somewhere else), delete the second partition THEN resize it all and move the data back?
I'm not sure if I understand.

By the second partition, do you mean the E drive? If so, what good would resizing the drive do? If your asking this because you think I'm unable to take the additional space out from the second drive to reallocate it to the primary drive, this is wrong. I was already able to take about 20-24gb of free space from this second partition out and created a third partition. I then tried using this third partition to merge with the primary, with no luck. I figured with the additional empty space, windows would allow me to reallocate more disk space to the primary drive, but there was no extend option.

Let me know if I make any sense or if you meant something else.
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Quote from executivedealer View Post :
I'm not sure if I understand.

By the second partition, do you mean the E drive? If so, what good would resizing the drive do? If your asking this because you think I'm unable to take the additional space out from the second drive to reallocate it to the primary drive, this is wrong. I was already able to take about 20-24gb of free space from this second partition out and created a third partition. I then tried using this third partition to merge with the primary, with no luck. I figured with the additional empty space, windows would allow me to reallocate more disk space to the primary drive, but there was no extend option.

Let me know if I make any sense or if you meant something else.

you want to "move" space from a second partition to the first (boot) partition. I suggest moving all the data on the secondary drive then deleting the partition. Then try extending the boot partition and finally creating a second partition then moving your data back,.

Or maybe image the boot drive, delete all partitions on the drive, create 2 new ones with the appropriate sizes, then reapply the boot image to the new partition.
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