How to Extend/Increase C drive in Windows 8

Tracy King updated on Dec 05, 2018 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Windows 8 disk management features

Right-click My Computer, select Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management, open Windows built-in Disk Management, you can do following operations on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32 bit or 64 bit with Disk Management:

  • Create, delete and format volume
  • Add or change the drive letter of the volume
  • Extend and shrink volume
  • Convert basic disk to dynamic disk
  • Explore, open volume
  • Convert MBR disk to GPT disk or convert GPT disk to MBR disk
  • Convert dynamic disk to basic disk, but you must delete all dynamic volumes before converting.
  • Mark partition as active, etc.

Although there are some improvements in Disk Management in Windows 8, it still has many limitations in partition management. (Please refer to the comparison table below). Because some advanced partition management in Windows 8 is still unavailable when you find your system partition is out of space which will be in red as below:

Windows 8 low disk space

In this situation, people have to seek the best partition manager software for Windows 8. EaseUS Partition Master, a comprehensive free partition software that can have more useful functions than Windows Disk Management.

EaseUS Partition Master VS Windows 8 Disk Management

Features EaseUS Partition Master Windows 8/7 Disk Management
Merge partition Support Not support
Move partition Support Not support
Resize dynamic volume Support Support
Copy dynamic volume, copy disk/partition Support Not support
Extend NTFS system partition without reboot Support Support
Create, delete, format, change the drive letter, set active Support Support
Extend/shrink FAT Support Not support
Extend/shrink NTFS Support Support
Partition Recovery Support Not support
Hide, label, check partitions Support Not support
Delete all partitions Support Not support
Create WinPE bootable disk Support Not support
Support GPT disk Support Support

Recommend: Extend C drive in Windows 8 with EaseUS Partition Master

As magic Windows 8 disk manager, EaseUS Partition Master can extend Windows 8 32-bit and 64-bit system partition safely with simple operations by its "Resize/Move partition" feature. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can extend NTFS system partition without reboot.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Video tutorial for how to manage Windows 8/7 partition with EaseUS Partition Master Free

The following is step-by-step instructions to extend Windows 8/7 system partition:

 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Increase C drive space

1. Shrink partition to free up unallocated space:

Right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
Drag either end of the partition to shrink and leave unallocated space behind the system C: drive and click "OK".

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

Extend System partition

3. Drag the system partition end into unallocated space so to add space to C: drive.

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Keep all changes to extend C: drive

Click the "Execute Operation" and click "Apply" to keep all changes so to extend the system C: drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive

After EaseUS Partition Master executes these operations, you will see the Windows 8 or Windows 7 system partition has been extended successfully in Disk Management.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

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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