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If You Have Reduced D Drive but Can’t Extend C Drive, Try This Way

  • Question: C drive is nearly full while D drive has more than 100GB free space, so I planned to shrink D to enlarge C. Nevertheless, I have reduced D drive but still can’t extend C drive in Windows 7 Disk Management. Why?

    Answer: that is because space got from D drive is not right contiguous to drive C. Users who are quite familiar with Windows Disk Management know "Shrink Volume" feature can only make an unallocated or free space after its source partition, and the very space can only be used to create a new drive or extend the source partition itself. And "Extend Volume" enlarges a partition only with contiguous unallocated or free space on the right side. That’s why you can’t reduce D drive to extend C drive in Windows 7 Disk Management.

    Solution: currently, some third party partitioning tools can help complete these operations, among which MiniTool Partition Wizard is outstanding. It is a piece of free but mighty partitioning software. To extend C drive can be realized in few clicks even if there is no unallocated space right neighboring to it. Next, we will show users detailed steps.

    How to Reduce D Drive to Extend C Drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard

    Step 1: launch the free partitioning software to get the following window:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    Step 2: select C drive and choose the function "Extend Partition".

    reduce c drive to extend d drive take free space from d

    Step 3: select D drive to take free space and drag sliding handle to decide how much to take. Then, click "OK" to return to the main window.

    reduce c drive to extend d drive apply change

    Now we can see C drive is enlarged while D drive is reduced.

    Step 4: click "Apply" button on the top left corner to apply changes.

    So far, to enlarge C drive has been done. If users also can’t extend C drive by reducing D drive, turn to the recommended free partitioning software MiniTool Partition Wizard.