When a certain partition is running in low disk space, many users know to extend it is a good choice. Fortunately, “Extend Volume” feature has been added to built-in disk management utility since Windows Vista, which helps extend a NTFS partition to adjacent space. Well then, how to extend partition to non contiguous space? Here, we provide 2 solutions, and users can choose the best one according to actual demands.
How to Extend Partition to non Contiguous Space in Disk Management
As Microsoft said, with “Extend Volume” feature users can add more space to existing primary partitions by extending them into adjacent unallocated space on the same disk or add space to existing logical drives by extending them into contiguous free space; to extend partitions to nonadjacent space, users need to convert the basic disk to dynamic disk which allows volumes to have noncontiguous extents on one or more physical disks. Detailed steps are as follows: right click the basic disk, choose “Convert to Dynamic Disk”, convert the basic disk to dynamic with wizards, then right click the partition which needs extending, choose “Extend Volume”, and extend partition according to prompts. Nevertheless, to do these operations in Disk Management users need to pay attention to the following notes:
1.Boot partition and system partition cannot be extended to noncontiguous space even if the disk has been converted to dynamic.
2.A FAT partition cannot be extended.
3.Some Windows operating systems do not support dynamic disk, and users will be unable to start installed Windows from any volume on the disk except the current boot one.
If users want to extend partitions to nonadjacent space without converting basic disk to dynamic, please take the second method.
How to Extend Partition to non Contiguous Space in MiniTool Partition Wizard
Firstly, free download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free edition to computer. Then, launch it to get the starting interface. Next, choose “Launch Application” module to get the main interface:
In the interface above please select the partition which needs extending and choose “Extend Partition” feature from the left action panel.
Then, choose a nonadjacent space to take free space to extend the target partition and drag sliding button to decide how much free space to take. After that, click “OK” to go back to the main interface:
Now we can see the selected partition has been extended to 94.28GB from 89.92GB. At this time, please click “Apply” button on the top to apply the change.
If you do not know how to extend partition to non contiguous space, take one of solutions according to practical situations. For tutorial help, please see Extend Partition.