Question: I want to create a new partition to save my games only, but there is no unallocated space available in disk management. More terribly, all partitions do not have so much space. Is it possible to shrink some of the partitions and then combine all unallocated spaces together? If yes, how to merge unallocated spaces in Windows 7? I need detailed steps. Thanks a lot.
Answer: with the function “Shrink Volume”, Windows built-in disk management tool can help shrink a NTFS partition to create unallocated space (only in Windows Vista and more recent Windows operating systems), but it does not offer the function of merging unallocated spaces. Moreover, disk management can not combine free space (extended partition related) with unallocated space (primary partition related) even if they are contiguous, which is a limit, and users have to format the free space to unallocated space. Therefore, third party partitioning tool is quite necessary to solve the problem how to merge unallocated spaces. Here, we suggest using the freeware MiniTool Partition Wizard which breaks up all these limits. Next, we will show users detailed steps to combine 2 non-adjacent unallocated spaces.
How to Merge Unallocated Spaces with MiniTool Partition Wizard
Firstly, download and install the free partitioning tool to computer. Then, run it to get the main window shown below:
There are 2 unallocated spaces, and we are going to merge them to one. Select partition G and choose “Move/Resize Partition” from the left pane to interchange the position of partition G and its neighboring unallocated space:
Next, drag the entire handle to the left edge and make the unallocated space on the right, and then click “OK” to get the interface below:
Then, select partition I and choose “Move/Resize Partition” to change the position of partition I and one of the unallocated spaces to get the interface below:
In this interface, drag the partition handle to the left or right to combine the 2 unallocated spaces. Then, click “OK” to go back to the main interface again:
Now we can see the original 2 unallocated spaces have been merged to one, but this is just a preview effect. And at last users need to click “Apply” button on the top left corner to apply all changes. Once the spaces are combined, users can use it to create a new partition or extend a partition to it.
Are you troubled by how to merge unallocated spaces in Windows? The free partitioning tool MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you a lot. The entire process will not bring any damage to data.