In daily computer use, it is very necessary to merge partitions. For example, if there are so many small partitions on a hard disk, users can merge them to create larger ones; if a very important partition (like system partition) is out of space while its neighboring partition is filled with free space, users can merge them to expand the important one. Well then, how to merge partitions without losing data? Next, we will give a quite good solution.
Since Windows Disk Management utility does not provide users with a function to merge partitions directly (they have to recreate partition after target partitions are deleted), third party partitioning tool is needed. Now MiniTool Partition Wizard is highly recommended. It is an all-in-one partition manager that can be perfectly compatible with almost all 32/64 bit Windows operating systems such as Windows 2003, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. More importantly, it helps merge 2 neighboring NTFS partitions without losing any data. Next, let’s see detailed steps.
How to Merge Partitions with MiniTool Partition Wizard
Before doing combination users should pay attention to the following 2 aspects:
1.Both partitions should be formatted with NTFS. If not, please convert to NTFS via the function “Convert FAT to NTFS”.
2.The 2 partitions should be neighboring.
Then, take the following steps.
Step 1: launch the partitioning tool to get its main interface shown below:
Step 2: select the partition which needs expanding and choose “Merge Partition” from the action panel to get the following interface:
Step 3: click “Next>” to continue.
Step 4: select the partition that will be included to the target partition and click “Finish”. From this interface we can see the information boxed by red line, which shows all content on the second partition will be saved to a folder whose name can be changed according to actual demands. And the folder will be saved to the first-selected partition automatically. Therefore, MiniTool Partition Wizard can help merge partitions without losing data. After that, the following interface will appear:
Step 5: since partition D has been merged to partition C, users need to click “Apply” button on the top to apply this change to computer. Moreover, since C is in use, users need to restart computer, which is to protect data.
Actually, this partitioning tool not only can merge partitions without losing data but supports many other partitioning operations, such as extend partition, shrink partition, split partition, copy partition, align partition, wipe partition, and change cluster size. Just have a try.