How Do I Merge Two Partitions in Windows 8 without Losing Data
Summary: this post tells how to combine partitions in Windows 8 safely. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to help you.
In our daily use of computers, we are likely to encounter low disk space warning issue due to unreasonable disk partitioning. Hence, we need to add more space to the drive that requires more disk space in urgent. Usually, there are two ways to expand partitions, and they are Merge Partitions and Extend Partition. Their difference is that Merge Partition is a complete-taken method, which means both the disk space and the files are transferred all together to the target partition, while Extend Partition only takes some disk space to the target partition.
As we have explained how to extend partitions in Windows 7/8/10 so many times, this time we only explain how to merge partitions Windows 8.
How to Merge Two Partitions Windows 8 without Losing Data?
Tip: although this article is based on Windows 8, the program we mentioned here is totally compatible with Windows 7/8/10.
To combine partitions in Windows 8, first of all, we need to download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. You may ask: why we need this software, can’t I merge partitions by using Disk Management? In fact, Disk Management only helps to extend partition, provided that there is some unallocated space/free space followed immediately on the adjacent right side (Check out Why Extend Volume Grayed out and How to Quickly Fix It). We cannot find any feature that is equivalent to merge partitions. But MiniTool Partition Wizard is such a partition magic alternative that only offers the way to extend partition, but also the way to merge partitions without losing data.
A step-by-step tutorial is shown below:
Step 1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to the main interface. Then select the partition you want to expand and choose Merge Partition from the left action panel.
Step 2. Now select the partition to be expanded. In our example, J is the target partition. Then click Next to go on.
Step 3. This time select a partition to be included. Please note that only adjacent NTFS partitions are supported. In our example, both partition F and partition J are available. Then click Next to move on.
- If one of the related partitions has a FAT file system, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to convert FAT partition to NTFS without data loss.
- You will be able to find all data of the partition to be included in a folder named "merged_partition_content" in the target partition when all is done.
Step 4. Finally, preview what is going to happen in the disk map area, and click Apply button to execute the operation if this is what you want.
Now you know how to merge partitions Windows 8. Quite easy, right? Do not hesitate to share your new skill on Twitter.
The bottom line here is, use MiniTool Partition Wizard – free yet professional partition manager - to help you when you need to merge two partitions in Windows 7/8/10 without losing data. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Try and enjoy!