ALLOCATE UNALLOCATED SPACE
allocate unallocated space, add unallocated space in Windows 7/8 to C drive, add unallocated space on flash drive
Description: Do you know how to allocate unallocated space in Windows 7/8 to C drive or add this space on flash drive quite effectively and quickly?
Some users have a problem how to effectively allocate unallocated space to maximize the performance of computer. To be specific, users want to add the unallocated space to system partition (C drive) to store more applications, or want to extend flash drive to unallocated space to use all the flash drive space.
What Is Unallocated Space?
The disk space which doesn’t belong to any partition is regarded as unallocated space by computer. In order to make full use of unallocated space, users can add it to other partition. However, some users may not know how to fix this problem without damaging the original data.
How to Add Unallocated Space in Windows 7/8 to C Drive
Since most users are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, we here will show how to add unallocated space to C drive on Windows 7/8. In most cases, users set C drive as the system partition to store applications. But with time goes on, the C drive has got low disk space problem and needs to be increased in space. Nevertheless, how to complete this task?
In general, there are many ways (like turning to disk management, diskpart, and third-party partitioning software) to add unallocated space to a partition on Windows, and two most common methods are listed below (Note: here, we take Windows 7 for example to show the detailed steps).
Add Unallocated Space in Windows 7 via Disk Management
First, right-click “My Computer” icon on the desktop, and then select “Management”, and click “Disk Management” to open its main interface as follows.
In this window, users can see all partitions and free space on the disk. To move unallocated space to C drive, users just need to right-click the C drive and then choose “Extend Volume”. Unfortunately, sometimes, the “Extend Volume” feature is grayed out. The main reason is that Windows built-in disk management tool requires contiguous unallocated space on the right side of the partition we want to enlarge. If there is no such unallocated space, the task cannot be finished.
Add Non-Contiguous Unallocated Space to C Drive Windows 7
In this case, users can turn to third-party partition magic to extend C drive to unallocated space. MiniTool Partition Wizard is a piece of free and all-in-one partition magic software for disk partition, which can help to quickly and easily resize partition, move partition, extend partition, etc. In addition, this free partition magic supports Windows 7/8/Vista/XP (all editions).
After installing the freeware, users can launch it to open its main interface.
Then, select the C drive and click “Extend Partition” to get the window below.
Third, take free space from the unallocated space and then drag the sliding button to a desirable place to determine how much free space to take.
Finally, click “Apply” button to execute this change.
That’s it. Now, users would know how to effectively add unallocated space in Windows 7/8 to C drive.
How to Add Unallocated Space on Flash Drive
Flash drives, portable storage devices with large capacity, are frequently used to transport files from one computer to another. They are convenient to use and hence most users use them for storing some data. However, they do have some problems. For instance, the flash drive has lost all its space. But, when users open disk management, they can see an unallocated space. What happened? How to add unallocated space on flash drive? Luckily, there are many ways in which users can effectively utilize this unallocated space again. For instance, users can turn to DiskPart command to reuse unallocated space. Please take the following steps.
Step 1: Connect the flash drive to computer, and then run Windows command line (Press Start &R, and type cmd in the Run dialog).
Step 2: Type diskpart.
Step 3: Type list disk. Note: please find out the allocated number of the flash drive.
Step 4: Type select disk X (the X is the number of your flash drive).
Step 5: Type clean.
Step 6: Type create partition primary.
Step 6: Type exit.
Unplug the flash drive and plug it back again, and then users should now see that the missing space on the flash drive has been recovered. However, this method involves cleaning and deleting partitions, and it is recommended to have a complete backup of all the flash drive data. However, there is a way recover space without affecting the original data, and it is to turn to partition magic like MiniTool Partition Wizard. First, select the partition on flash drive and then choose “Move/Resize Partition” function from the left side. Next, lengthen the sliding handle to take up all unallocated space. At last, click “Apply” to perform all changes. For detailed operations, please see “Resize Partition”.
Do you know how to make the unallocated space on hard drive or removable drive like flash drive useful? In fact, there are many ways in which you can effectively reuse unallocated space. However, turning to professional yet friendly partition magic software might be the best choice for most common users.