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How To Merge/Combine Partitions In Windows 10

Introduction

Partition merging is a means of combining two disk partitions into becoming a much larger one. People merge partitions for various reasons, the typical ones include decluttering and space-saving. When you buy a new PC, you'd likely find that the drive comes in a single partition.

But it could be the case that you're suddenly faced with a PC that is partitioned, perhaps you're a student who just purchased a pre-owned PC and can't deal with the complexity and chances for errors you'd be faced with when running a partitioned drive ( which could easily become unwieldy to manage). Some of these partitions are necessary to have, others are just needless and serve no useful purpose.

This article addresses how to merge two partitions on PCs running Windows 10.

Facts About Partition Merging via Disk Management

  • Disk Management utility is an inbuilt component of all Windows operating system
  • It is capable of performing certain basic tasks like delete, format, and create volume found applicable in handling the storage structure of a PC.
  • Naturally, there are partitions that are default to your PC and as such should not be touched such as all partitions before and including your C drive, others can be deleted.
  • Shrink Volume function is used to decrease a partition’s size.
  • Extend Volume is used to increase a partition’s size if there is an unallocated space adjacent space to the right.
  • There exist no Merge Volume functionality in Disk Management; partition merging is achieved indirectly only by using shrinking one volume to make space to extend an adjacent one.
  • If you're not exactly sure about a feature, do not attempt to make any changes to it.
  • If you're an average user and you don't demand much from your PC you probably won't miss having your PC partitioned.

1 Check If Your PC Is Partitioned

  1. Use the shortcut Windows + S to open the search bar. Type Disk Management in the windows search bar and click disk management.Disk management
  2. The disk management dashboard displays an array of labelled storage (C,D,E etc.) present on your PC. All of these are contained in the hard disk of your PC each housing distinct content (boot files, backup files etc.)
  3. Look out for the drives with partition written in the status bar of each drive. For instance a PC with drive E will have 'Partition' written next to it.

disk management

With this simple method you can confirm if your system is partitioned or not.

2 Open Disk Management

  1. Use the shortcut Windows + X and click Disk Management from the menu, or input Disk Management in the search bar shown below.disk managementSearch bar

3 Create Unallocated Space

Right-click the drive you want to delete (say Drive E) and click Delete Volume, the disk space of Drive E will be changed to Unallocated.
Note that if the Delete Volume option is greyed out, you're not allowed to delete that particular partition.

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4 Merge Partitions

  1. Right-click on the drive you want to extend (say Drive D) and pick Extend Volume.finish Disk Management

5 Validate Your Computer's Merged Partition

  1. Click on Next in the ensuing pop-up window.Next Disk Management
  2. Click Finish to execute the process.finish disk management
  3. The partitioned drive E is then combined into drive D.
  4. After successfully merging the drives, open Drive D using Files Explorer (Ctrl + E). You'll find a folder named as 'E to D (with date and time of merging in front)' which contains the file formerly in D Drive.

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Partition merging is a means of combining two disk partitions into becoming a much larger one. People merge partitions for various reasons, the typical ones include decluttering and space-saving. When you buy a new PC, you'd likely find that the drive comes in a single partition.

But it could be the case that you're suddenly faced with a PC that is partitioned, perhaps you're a student who just purchased a pre-owned PC and can't deal with the complexity and chances for errors you'd be faced with when running a partitioned drive ( which could easily become unwieldy to manage). Some of these partitions are necessary to have, others are just needless and serve no useful purpose.

This article addresses how to merge two partitions on PCs running Windows 10.

Facts About Partition Merging via Disk Management

  • Disk Management utility is an inbuilt component of all Windows operating system
  • It is capable of performing certain basic tasks like delete, format, and create volume found applicable in handling the storage structure of a PC.
  • Naturally, there are partitions that are default to your PC and as such should not be touched such as all partitions before and including your C drive, others can be deleted.
  • Shrink Volume function is used to decrease a partition’s size.
  • Extend Volume is used to increase a partition’s size if there is an unallocated space adjacent space to the right.
  • There exist no Merge Volume functionality in Disk Management; partition merging is achieved indirectly only by using shrinking one volume to make space to extend an adjacent one.
  • If you're not exactly sure about a feature, do not attempt to make any changes to it.
  • If you're an average user and you don't demand much from your PC you probably won't miss having your PC partitioned.

  1. Use the shortcut Windows + S to open the search bar. Type Disk Management in the windows search bar and click disk management.Disk management
  2. The disk management dashboard displays an array of labelled storage (C,D,E etc.) present on your PC. All of these are contained in the hard disk of your PC each housing distinct content (boot files, backup files etc.)
  3. Look out for the drives with partition written in the status bar of each drive. For instance a PC with drive E will have 'Partition' written next to it.

disk management

With this simple method you can confirm if your system is partitioned or not.

  1. Use the shortcut Windows + X and click Disk Management from the menu, or input Disk Management in the search bar shown below.disk managementSearch bar

Right-click the drive you want to delete (say Drive E) and click Delete Volume, the disk space of Drive E will be changed to Unallocated.
Note that if the Delete Volume option is greyed out, you're not allowed to delete that particular partition.

disk managementDelete Disk Managementdisk management

  1. Right-click on the drive you want to extend (say Drive D) and pick Extend Volume.finish Disk Management

  1. Click on Next in the ensuing pop-up window.Next Disk Management
  2. Click Finish to execute the process.finish disk management
  3. The partitioned drive E is then combined into drive D.
  4. After successfully merging the drives, open Drive D using Files Explorer (Ctrl + E). You'll find a folder named as 'E to D (with date and time of merging in front)' which contains the file formerly in D Drive.