Question: there are 4 partitions on my Windows 7 hard drive, namely parturition C, D, E, and F. In order to extend partition C, I shrank partition D with system built-in Disk Management, but the unallocated space refused to locate after partition C but after partition D. Therefore, I want to know how to change partition allocation in Windows 7 so as to make extending partition possible. To be specific, I want to know how to make the unallocated space right contiguous to partition C.
Answer: indeed, Windows Disk Management only creates the unallocated space or free space after its source partition, so does DiskPart. Furthermore, both of them are not equipped with a function to move a partition or unallocated/free space. Considering these defects, we highly suggest using third party partitioning tool to change partition location under Windows 7. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard is available. It just requires several mouse clicks and will not bring any influence on data.
How to Change Partition Allocation in Windows 7
Step 1: launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface, which is shown below:
Here, all disks and partitions are listed clearly, and we take moving partition D to be after the unallocated space for example.
Step 2: select partition D and click on "Move/Resize Partition".
Step 3: drag the whole handle to the right edge and click on "OK".
Now, we can see unallocated space has been located after and contiguous to partition C.
Step 4: click on "Apply" to apply all changes if they are desired. If not, click "Undo" or "Discard" to revoke previous changes, and then redo desired change. All these operations bring no influence on data.
Now, the work to change partition location under Windows 7 is finished, and only 4 simple steps are required. After that, users can extend the target partition to unallocated space with Windows Disk Management. If users want to further know how to change partition allocation in Windows 7, download the partitioning tool to have a try.
But as a matter of fact, there is no need to move partition location even if unallocated or free space is not located the target place. With MiniTool Partition Wizard, users can take free space from any existing partition or unallocated space directly to enlarge a desired partition.