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2 Ways to Make Use of Unallocated Space in Windows 10

Updated on Aug 16, 2019 by Daisy to Partition Master

Do you know how to use unallocated space in Windows 10? Many people are seeing unallocated space in a local hard disk or external hard disk but have no idea what to do with it. This tutorial is going to help you make full use of such free space, by means of creating a new partition or adding it to an existing partition as you want.

How to Use Unallocated Space in Windows 10

Unallocated space, as the name suggests, it's part of disk space that is not allocated to any partition. A computer describes any physical space on a hard drive that doesn't belong to a partition as unallocated. This means that no programs can write data to this space, nor save data until it's being a part of the real disk partitions. To put the space into normal use, you have two options: [1] create a new partition; [2] extend an existing partition.

Where does unallocated space come from? Generally, to get unallocated space there are two scenarios. One, you deleted a partition; two, you shrank a partition. You won't see unallocated space in Windows Explorer, only find that a hard drive is showing less space than actual, for example, 1TB shows 700GB. 

On a Windows 10 computer, The most versatile hard disk management utility is called Disk Management, and it's also where you come across unallocated space. Before getting to know how to use Windows 10 Disk Management to manage the unallocated space, it's good to know what it can do & what it cannot do.

  • It CAN create a new partition on unallocated space. 
  • It CANNOT change the location of unallocated space, neither add the unallocated space to a non-adjacent partition as well as the right-adjacent partition.

That is to say, for my case, I can only move the unallocated space to G drive. If I want to increase E drive, or if there is another Drive K on the right side, Disk Management cannot help.

disk management unallocated space

Why not bother? We have a much more intelligent Windows Disk Management alternative - EaseUS Partition Master Free. It can fully meet all demands of making use of unallocated space in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista. At the same time, break the limitations of Disk Management because it allows users to drag and move unallocated space to anywhere they like. First, you need to download and install EaseUS free partition manager on your Windows computer.

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Way 1. Create a new partition

Applies to: Creating a new partition applies to people who have less than two chunks on a hard disk, and wish to set up the third partition for special use. It's the most straightforward way to put unallocated space into use.


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".

Create partition on unallocated space

Step 2: Adjust the new partition size, file system, label, etc.

Set the size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Set up new partition

Step 3: Confirm to create a new partition

Click on the "Execute Operation" button and confirm to create a new partition by clicking "Apply".

Confirm and keep all changes

Way 2. Extend an Existing Partition

Applies to: Adding unallocated space to an existing partition is ideal to fully utilize the free space, meanwhile, solve the low disk space warning on the target partition.


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run partition manager software

Step 2: 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 the partition.

Add space to the target partition

Step 3: Apply all changes

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

Keep all changes for extending partition


EaseUS Partition Master is exclusively designed for Windows OS and Windows Server users to manage their hard disks and partitions. It's much easier to handle, and most of all, smarter than any native Windows disk management tools.

Do not leave unallocated space behind once there is some. Try either of the suggested ways to make full use of the accessible disk space and value. If you're interested in other disk management operations, visit EaseUS manager software page, and explore more useful features on it. Many of its consumers speak highly of its functions in resize, format, NTFS to FAT32 conversion, GPT to MBR conversion... It deserves a try for every Windows user.

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