How to Increase C Drive Space or Extend C Drive

Daisy updated on Aug 28, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

"How can I increase my C drive space without erasing data? Recently, a 'low disk space' pop-out balloon keeps appearing in the Systray, warning me to extend the C drive.

I can neither format the C drive nor delete other partitions as I have data saved on all my partitions. So how can I possibly increase the C drive without formatting or deleting partitions?"

In Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7, the running speed of an operating system largely depends on the available free space in C drive. Usually, over 90% of users adjusted the C drive space once or twice because the free space approached the threshold of 200MB, 80MB, and 50MB. 

On this page, you'll learn how to effectively increase C drive with automated partition manager software. 

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Ways of Extending C Drive

Here is a list of ways that people apply to increase C drive space. You can choose one and follow through the process to make your system drive bigger:

60% Choice - Add Space to C Drive

A direct solution is to add free space to the C drive. You can shrink or delete partitions like D, E, F, to leave enough unallocated space for extending C drive. To protect your saved data, we'd like to recommend you use professional partition manager software to shrink partition instead of deletion partitions.

EaseUS Partition Master will assist you in shrinking non-system partition and add space to the C drive without causing damage to saved data on Windows PC. Here is a step-by-step instruction for you to follow:

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Add space to the System C drive

1. Shrink partition and leave unallocated space for extending C: drive:

  1. Right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. Drag the end of the partition that is next to the C: drive and shrink it, leaving unallocated space next to the system C: drive, and click "OK".

2. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".

Extend System partition

To add space to the C: drive, drag the system partition end into the unallocated space.

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Confirm to extend system C drive

Click the "Execute Operation" button, it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to execute the changes and extend the C drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive

30% Choice - Free Up C Drive Space

There are many ways that can free up C drive space. The main idea is to clear useless junk files, move saved files and transfer installed programs to other drives so to free up space on the system partition.

Follow the following 3 stages to free up space on your system C drive:

# 1. Clear junk files

Useless junk files, outdated system data,  temporary files, cache data, etc., all these files will take huge space on C drive. EaseUS Partition Master enables you to clear these junk files on C drive within 3 simple steps:

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Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master. Select "Tools" and click "System Optimization".

choose system optimization

Step 2: Click "Junk File Cleanup". Then you can click "Analyze" to let EaseUS Partition Master find junk files on your PC.

choose junk file cleanup

Step 3: You can check and choose junk files and click Clean up. All of the selected junk files will be cleaned and deleted from your PC. Click "Yes" to clean up junk files.

Clean up junk files

# 2. Move saved big files from C drive to other non-system partition

You can check the C partition, manually copy and paste saved big files on the C drive to other secure free partitions. 

You can follow the below steps to locate and move the saved big files to other partition:

Step 1: Press "Windows + I" to open Windows Settings, click on "System" and " Storage".

Step 2: Under "Storage",  select the C: drive to analyze. (Note that the "This PC" drive is the main computer's hard drive where Windows 10 is installed.)

Check C drive storage.

Step 3: Click the Item name such as "Documents", Desktop, Apps & games, etc. to locate the saved big files.

Click "View" to check and copy the specific saved big files on C drive.

Locate saved big files.

Step 4: Move these files to another non-system partition by "Copy & Paste". Then delete the original useless files on C drive.

# 3. Transfer installed programs, software from C drive to another drive

As you know that installed programs and software will also take huge space on the C drive. Professional PC transfer software such as EaseUS Todo PCTrans will effectively migrate your installed programs to another drive without reinstallation. 

You can follow this link: transfer programs from C drive to D drive as a tutorial guide.

10% Choice - Upgrade System Disk to A Bigger Hard Drive

When the system disk gets old after using for a very long period, the C: drive will get full and the computer performance will slow down. To resolve this issue, the best way is to upgrade and replace the system disk with a bigger new hard drive.

EaseUS Partition Master enables you to effectively upgrade system disk to a bigger one by cloning disk. By doing so, you'll be able to move everything including Windows OS, saved data, installed programs to the new hard drive at one time. Also, you'll be able to get more free space for C drive.


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on target disk. (Back up valuable data in advance.)

confirm to continue the cloning process

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Adjust disk layout

Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.


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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

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What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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