6 Ways on How to Expand or Extend Windows 7/8/10 Partition without Data Loss

Jean updated on Oct 29, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Microsoft has announced it is going to completely Windows 7 by Jan.14th, 2020. Windows 7 fans can no longer get services from Microsoft then. 

Problems like "Windows 7 becomes slow", "C drive is out of space"  or "Windows was unable to complete the format", etc. will accumulate and affect people's life. 

EaseUS software has collected 6 ways to help you extend partition in Windows 7/8/10. Most solutions can also be applied to expand the system partition. Go through this page and find the best method to expand your partition in Windows 10.

PAGE CONTENT:
Part 1. Extend Partition with Unallocated Space (2 Ways)
Part 2. Expand Partition without Unallocated Space (4 Methods)
Notice:
Open Disk Management and check if there is unallocated space on your disk.
If yes, go to Part 1 and find the right solution. 
If not, go to Part 2 and use the provided methods for help.

Part 1. Extend Partition with Unallocated Space

In this part, we'll offer two tools to help you extend Windows 7 partition with existing unallocated space - Disk Management and free partition manager software.

Way 1. Extend Windows 7 Partition with Adjacent Unallocated Space

Notice:
Please note that there must be unallocated space behind the partition which you want to expand with Windows built-in Disk Management utility.
Otherwise, you might find that the Extend Volume option is greyed out and not available.
In this case, free partition manager software in Way 2 can expand partition with non-adjacent space.

See the detail steps on how to expand your partition with adjacent Disk Management:

Step 1. Right-click My Computer and choose Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click on the partition that you want to extend, and choose "Extend Volume" to continue.

extend windows 7 partition

Step 3. Set and add more size to your target partition and click "Next" to continue. 

Extend Windows 7 partition with Disk Managenent.

Step 4. Click "Finish" to complete the process.

Way 2. Expand Partition with Non-adjacent Unallocated Space

If the unallocated space on your hard drive is not next to your target partition, don't worry. As Disk Management can't move a partition or unallocated space location, as a result, you cannot directly add non-adjacent free space to your target partition.

Free partition manager software like EaseUS Partition Master Free with its resize/move feature can help.

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 Windows 10 is supported

With this freeware, you can directly merge non-adjacent space and extend target partition with ease.

Note: Skip Step 1 and start with Step 2 if your hard drive already contains unallocated space. 

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

1. On the main window, right-click on the partition that you want to merge space to another and select "Delete".

Delete partition for merging non-adjacent partitions

2. Click "OK" to confirm. The deleted partition will display as unallocated.

Confirm to delete partition

Step 2: Move the unallocated space next to the target partition

1. Right-click on a partition next to the unallocated space and select "Resize/Move".
2. Drag the selected partition forward or backward, moving the unallocated space toward the target partition, and click "OK".
Repeat 1 and 2 until the unallocated space is moved next to the target partition.

Move unallocated space to the target partition

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

Step 3: Merge partitions

1. Right-click on the target partition that you need to add space to and keep, select "Resize/Move".

Add unallocated space to target partition

2. Drag the target partition handle into the unallocated space and click "OK".

Merge non-adjacent partitions

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

Keep all changes

If two partitions are separated by unallocated space, right-click on one partition (you want to keep) and select "Merge" > Select another partition and click "OK" > Keep all changes by clicking the "Execute Operation" button and "Apply".

After this, you've successfully moved and added the unallocated space to your Windows 7 partition. If you don't have any unallocated space on your hard drive, what will you do to increase the target partition size?

Follow Part 2 and you'll find 4 methods that can resolve this issue for you.

Part 2. Extend Partition without Unallocated Space

When your hard drive doesn't have free unallocated space for extending partition, relax. In this part, we've collected 4 practical methods for you to apply and increase your partition size.

Method 1. Shrink or delete the adjacent partition

When there is an adjacent partition which is empty or contains enough free space on your hard drive, you can follow this method for a guide:

First. Delete or shrink the adjacent partition

Open Disk Management, locate the partition next to your target one, and check its state:

  • If the partition is empty, right-click on it and select "Delete Volume" > Click "Yes" to confirm.

Delete partition to free up space.

  • If the partition is not empty but has big enough space, right-click on it and select "Shrink Volume" > Enter the amount of space that you want to shrink and click "Shrink" to confirm.

Shrink partition to leave unallocated space.

Next. Expand partition with left unallocated space

To do so, you can move back to Method 1 in Part 1 and use Disk Management for help.

Or you can also apply free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free for help with below steps:

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run partition manager software

Step 2: Free up space to extend partition

If the hard drive has enough unallocated space to extend the target partition, jump to Step 3 and continue.

If not, free up space first:
1. Right-click on a partition next to the target partition and select "Resize/Move".
2. Drag the partition ends to free up space, leaving enough unallocated space behind the target partition, click "OK".

Free up space to extend partition

Step 3: Extend partition

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

Resize target partition

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

Add space to the target partition

Step 4: Keep all changes

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

Keep all changes for extending partition

Method 2. Free Up Target  Partition Space - Delete Junk Files/Useless Large Files

The target of this method is to extend the current usable space without changing the partition state on your hard drive.

To do so, you can use a disk cleaner software or thrid-party tool or help. Here, you can directly use EaseUS Partition Master Free with its Junk File Cleanup and Large File Cleanup features for help:

Step 1. On EaseUS Partition Master Free > Tools > System Optimization > Select the cleanup option - Junk File Cleanup or Large File Cleanup.

Clean junk files or large files on target partition.

  • Step 2. Select the partition to scan > Check found junk files or useless large file > Delete them to free up space on your target partition.

Note: During the cleaning process, please check the scan result carefully before you decide to delete them on Windows 7.

Method 3. Extend Partition with Free Space on the Second Hard Drive

Required: At least two hard disks installed on Windows 7.

If you have two or three disks, and the second or the third hard drive contains enough free and unallocated space, congratulations. You can add space from the second or third disk to your target partition on the current disk.

To do so, you need to convert two basic disks into dynamic. You can refer to this link to complete the whole process: Merge Disk 0 and Disk 1

Notice:
1. This method only works to extend data partition by adding unallocated space from the second disk. 
If you want to use free space on the second disk to extend your system partition, we are sorry that this method can't work.
2. After converting two disks into dynamic, remember to right-click the target partition that you want to extend and select "Resize/Move". And follow the introduced tutorial page to finish the process.

Method 4. Clone and Replace Old Drive to A Bigger One

Required: A new and bigger hard drive, a free disk cloning software

To do so, you'll need to buy a new and bigger hard drive in advance. And then use a disk cloning software to clone and replace the old hard drive with the bigger one.

Here, we'd like to recommend you use EaseUS Todo Backup Free for help. You can check and follow the tutorial steps below to replace your hard drive to a bigger new one now:

Step 1. Open your Windows 7 computer case, connect the new hard drive to your computer via a SATA or ATA cable correctly.

(Make sure the computer can detect your new drive.)

Step 2. Follow the video tutorial to clone and upgrade your old hard drive to a new bigger one:

Step 3. Restart Windows 7 if necessary and follow solutions in Part 1 to extend partition with free unallocated space in the new hard drive.

To Sum Up

This page includes 6 ways of helping you extend Windows 7 partition when the hard drive has or has no unallocated space.

When Windows 7 hard drive contains unallocated space, you can refer to Part 1 and apply Disk Management or free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free for help.

When the hard drive doesn't have unallocated space, you can refer to Part 2 with provided methods for help. 

Note that solutions on this page can also help you increase partition size on other Windows systems, including Windows 10, 8.1,8 and old Windows XP/Vista. 

 
 

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