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How to Merge or Combine Partitions in Windows 11

Updated by Tracy King on Aug 31, 2021
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Reducing the number of partitions on your computer hard drive is one of the latest trends, but do you know how it is possible? Well, this makes merging partitions a real need for the users. Yes, you read it correctly! You can easily reduce the number of partitions by simply merging adjacent and non-adjacent partitions and merging partitions with unallocated spaces.

Merging partition refers to the process of combining two partitions into one partition or combines a partition with unallocated space on the hard drive to expand the space of a partition. In addition to this, there are multiple other reasons for merging a partition that involves:

  • To increase free space
  • To save files more effectively and conveniently
  • To find the files more easily and quickly

Now, when it comes to how to merge two hard drives partition in Windows 11, there are primarily two methods that will let you merge partitions on Windows 11 in a hassle-free and quick way. So, here in this guide, we will let you know how to combine partitions Windows 11 using a professional tool and Disk Management feature.

Let's start then!

Merge partitions Windows 11 without Data Loss with a Partition Merging Tool

EaseUS Partition Master Tool is a top-notch tool that helps you merge partitions on Windows 11 quickly and straightforwardly. With plenty of features, EaseUS Partition Master makes it effortless to partition hard drives and take utmost advantage of your available disk space. The features of this tool allow the users to move/resize partitions, merge partitions, copy disk/partition, clone/create/format, or delete partition in just a few minutes. In addition to all this, a wide range of functions is also available to improve disk performance and management.

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Now, when it comes to merging partitions on Windows 11, EaseUS partition Master Tool allows you to combine partitions in a handful of options that involves:

  • Merge Adjacent Partitions

EaseUS Partition Master Tool allows the users to easily merge two adjacent or successive partitions for effective partition management. This tool is an all-in-one partition merger that is highly compatible with all 32/64 bit Windows Operating systems involving Windows Vista/ XP/ 7/ 8/ 10/ 11. Above all, this tool helps to merge two adjacent partitions without causing any data loss. Unlike any other tool, this tool won't require you to delete a volume to create free space.

Step 1: Select the target partition

Right-click on the partition which you want to add space to and keep, and select "Merge".

Run EaseUS partition manager software

Step 2: Select a neighbor partition to merge

Select one partition next to the former selected partition and click "OK" to continue.

Select partitions to merge

Step 3: Execute operation to merge partitions

1. Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top and then click "Apply".
2. The program will merge space and add files from the second partition to the first partition.

Select partitions to merge

  • Combine Non-Adjacent Partitions

If you wish to merge two partitions that are not next to each other, then EaseUS Partition Master Tool has got you covered! The process of merging two non-adjacent partitions with a partition merger tool varies based on what is between your source partition and target partition.

For example, if there is any unallocated space between the source and target partition, then you can directly use EaseUS Partition Master to merge the partitions, but if there is any partition/partitions between the two volumes that you want to merge, then “Allocate Space” feature of EaseUS Partition Master tool will move all the free space from one drive to another (data still exists in the old partitions) and will allow you to merge both the partitions without even deleting the partition.

Step 1. Right-click one partition that you need to merge and select "Merge...".

select partition to merge

Step 2. Select a non-adjacent partition to merge, click "OK". 

Select the other partition

Step 3. Select to merge the non-adjacent partition into the target one, and click "OK".

select the target partition to keep

Step 4. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to start merging partitions.

execute the operation to merge non-adjacent partitions

  • Merge Partition with Unallocated Space

Unallocated space is a block of free space that Windows has not assigned a drive letter to it. Without allocation, the operating system of your PC will not be able to recognize the space nor allow for writing files to it. Therefore, to make full use of the unallocated space on your hard drive, EaseUS Partition Master allows you to merge partition with unallocated space. This amazing tool is competent enough to get you out of chaos to solve low disk space issues even if there is no unallocated space available to extend the system partition.

Step 1. Shrink partition to free up space to extend partition.

If the hard drive has enough unallocated space to extend the target partition, jump to Step 2, and continue. If not, free up space first:

  • Right-click on a partition next to the target partition and select "Resize/Move".
  • Drag the partition ends to free up space, leaving enough unallocated space behind the target partition, click "OK".
free up disk space to get unallocated space

Step 2. Extend target partition.

Right-click on the target partition and select "Resize/Move".

extend partition -1

Drag the target partition handle into the unallocated space to extend partition.

extend partition -2

Step 3. Keep all changes.

Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to keep all changes.

extend partition -3

All these functions and features of the EaseUS Partition Master Tool make it the most suggested tool for managing the partitions on your Windows 11 PC. So, you should for sure give it a try!

How to Merge Partitions Windows 11 with Disk Management

Another way related to Windows 11 merge partitions is to use Disk Management. Whether the partitions you wish to merge are adjacent or not, the Disk Management feature allows you to merge the partitions in just a couple of minutes. Disk Management firstly demands you to delete the target partition to create unallocated space because it merges partitions by extending the source partition with unallocated space.

As this solution requires you to delete the partition, make sure to back up the data to prevent data loss. To back up the data, you can use any free backup software or manually copy files. Once you are done with backing up your files, follow the below stated steps to merge partitions Windows 11 via Disk Management.

Step 1: Press the "Windows + R" keys simultaneously to open the "Run" box.

Step 2: In the Run box, enter "diskmgmt.msc" and then hit the "OK" button to open the "Disk Management" window.

Open disk management

Step 3: Right-click on the target partition and select "Delete Volume". In the prompt, click on "Yes".

delete volume

Step 4: Now, right-click the source partition and select the "Extend Volume" option.

Step 5: In the Extend Volume Wizard, tap on “Next.”

Step 6: Set the amount of space and tap “Next.”

Extend volume in Windows 11 disk management

NOTE: You might feel stuck in the “Select Disks” window. To your information, the maximum available space means the total size of the unallocated space in the current disk.

Step 7: Tap "Next" > "Finish" and wait for the process to complete.

"How to combine partitions Windows 11" was this easy with Disk Management! Remember to backup all your data first before trying out this method.

Merge Partitions Windows 11 without Data Loss

This was all about how to merge two hard drives partition in Windows 11 with EaseUS Partition Master Tool and Disk Management! No matter which method you opt for, you will get flawless results. Still, if you are looking for a more reliable option, then EaseUS Partition Master Tool is an excellent choice as this tool allows you to merge partitions in 3 different options and that too without causing any data loss. So, go for EaseUS Partition Master Tool and get the best partition merging experience on Windows 11.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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