How to Create Unallocated Space and Move Unlloacted Space Safely on Windows 11/10/7 (3 Ways)

Description: To expand your disk drive, joining the unallocated space of some other partition alongside the drive is vital. You may have to deal with different issues if you don't know any methods or tools to expand hard drive space. Follow this piece of information to understand how to create and move unallocated space on Windows 11/10/7.

Background Introduction:

Any kind of physical space on your hard drive not belonging to your partition is considered 'unallocated‘ in disk management. 

Moreover, users cannot see it in Windows File Explorer, which is the leading cause of the hard drive's inability to create unallocated space diskpart. As a result, users can't use the unallocated space just like other general partitions for storing the data.

What’s unallocated space for?

You may use the unallocated space to add it to any other volume or use it to create a new volume especially when after a certain point of time, you may notice that your PC has started running slowly, doesn't respond to your commands appropriately, or the screen becomes black, and the system lags. Your system partition that is generally assigned with the C drive letter is showing a red mark because of insufficient drive space.

 

Method 1. Create unallocated space using IM-Magic Partition Resizer

IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free is popularly known for its characteristics. It includes free, efficient, and powerful resizing software allowing users worldwide to distribute, extend, copy, shrink, delete, format, and make unallocated space into partition without destroying the data on the partition.

It provides support to PCs that run on Windows OS like Windows 7/8/10, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. Being marked in the disk space management software because of the resizing guide, it demands the users perform only 4 simple steps. Moreover, it's 100% secure and doesn't hamper a single file on the disk.

Step-by-step guide: (Shrink volume to create unallocated space)

Step 1: Complete the installation, downloading, and launching the process of the IM-Magic Partition Resizer server. Right-tap on a partition having sufficient space and choose "Resize/Move."

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Step 2: Move your arrows to shrink the targeted partition to accumulate free space. You will notice the free space like unallocated volume.

Steps to resize your disk partitionshrink large drive on winddows serverfree space after shrinking other large server partition

Step 3: Start moving the unallocated volume closer to your C drive. Right press on C drive and opt to "Resize/Move."right click server c drive to extend

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Step 4: Move your arrows to add the unallocated volume to your C drive. Tap the "Apply" button.

Create unallocated space with Disk Management

Method 1: Shrink Partition

During shrinking a partition, all the ordinary files are relocated on your disk by default to create unallocated space windows 11 10. However, it doesn't require reformatting the disk to shrink any partition. Instead, just follow the step-by-step guide below to proceed with it.

Step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Right press on the partition you require to shrink, and tap “Shrink Volume.”

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Step 2: Enter the number of sizes you are willing to get, like unallocated space.shrink volume in disk management
Or you may type any amount as you like to create.shrink volume

Step 3: Confirm the whole process; you quickly get the unallocated space.unallocated space

Method 2: Delete Partition

If you delete a partition, it will remove all the data stored on it. Therefore, it's recommended to refrain from deleting a partition unless you are certain that you don't have any data stored on your partition. Instead, apply the below steps to delete the partition in Microsoft Windows.

Step 1: Right-tap on the drive and choose “Delete Volume.” This would remove every data on your partition and make sure to backup all your essential files.

Step 2: It would make unallocated space into partition. However, you are free to use disk management to extend the C drive or any drive you want to get it expanded. (You need to use Partition Resizer Free to move the drives that stand in the space of partitions and get your unallocated space close to the one you want to expand)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How to convert free space to unallocated space in Windows 11/10/8/7?

To convert free space from one disk drive to be unallocated space, you may use the following methods.

Method A: Partition Resizer Free to convert free space to unallocated space

  • 1: Download and install Partition Resizer,
  • 2, Right click the large drive that has free space (in Partition Resizer, right click the large drive)
  • 3, Shrink the large drive
  • 4, Confirm the changes, and then the free space from large volume will be converted to unallocated space in your disk that you can redistribute it to other drives as you wish

Method B: Shrink large drive that has free space with Disk Management to create unallocated space by shrinking

A: Right-tap on the Free space on the left logical part and select resize. Drag the logic's left side towards the right to open up the unallocated space to the D. Tap Apply. In Disk Management, right-tap on D, followed by extending it to the Unallocated Space

Q2. How to make unallocated space with diskpart cmd?

You may shrink a large volume with diskpart to create unallocated space, or delete volume with diskpart to create unallocated space. We will show you the first part: how to shrink a volume to create unallocated space with diskpart cmd in Windows 11/10 comptuers.

  • 1, Run cmd with admin privileges
  • 2, Type diskpart and press enter
  • 3, Type 'list disk'
  • 4, Type 'list volume' to list every volume on the disk
  • 5, Type 'select volume *', when you want to shrink the large d volume that is listed with volume #2, then you may type 'select volume 2' and press enter as an example.
  • 6, Type 'shrink volume size=10240' when you want to shrink 10GB, the exact number of space is depending on your own needs

And then you may come back to your pc disk management to find that the unallocated space is next to the volume you shrinked.

Q3 The problem: how to move unallocated space adjacent to the target drive?

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Answer: Free tool IM-Magic Partition Resizer can help move partitions without losing data that stands among the target volume and the unallocated space, and then you may clearly see the unallocated space will be allocated to the drive you want to expand in this tool.

See how unallocated space is moved adjacent to the target drive:

Move D partition and move unallocated space without losing data

Q4. How to allocate unallocated space to C drive in windows 11/10/8/7?

Case1: Unallocated space is next to the C drive. If you want to make the unallocated space to the c drive, you may do this with Disk Management if the unallocated space is already next to the C drive.

Go to the disk management via the run window by clicking on the Windows key + Run together. Enter 'diskmgmt'. msc'. Tap 'OK.' After loading the disk management, right-tap on your C drive. Choose the extend volume option for extending the C drive along with the unallocated space.

Or you may use free tool Partition Resizer to add unallocated space to c drive without losing data.

Case2: Unallocated space is NOT next to the C drive. If the unallocated space is far from the c drive that you want to expand, you may use free tool Partition Resizer to move the volumes that stand in between, and then the unallocated space can be safely moved next to any drive you want to expand.

See how this following moving volume can help reallocate the place of unallocated space in a disk.

Move D partition and move unallocated space without losing data

Note: The unallocated space in disk 1 cannot be moved to disk 2 or other disks. You need to build raid array to get the job done.

Q5. How to use unallocated space on SSD?

A: Click Win+R to open the 'Run' dialogue and enter the "diskmgmt. msc" command. Tap 'OK' to enter the main part of Disk Management. Then, right-tap on the unallocated space on the SSD drive, choose “New Simple Volume,” and follow the above prompts to create a new volume.

Q6. How do I add unallocated space to free space?

A: Visit 'This PC,' right tap on it and select "Manage" > "Disk Management." Right-press on the unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume." Proceed with this wizard to complete the remaining procedure.

Q7. How to create unallocated space?

A: To create some unallocated space, shrink the hard drive. While you are shrinking the hard drive, the existing face becomes unallocated. Right-tap on the main drive and choose shrink volume. Enter the amount you require for shrinking the hard drive by MB (megabytes).

Conclusion

When your C drive segments don't have space and run out of unallocated space, you might have a tough time playing out any undertaking on your PC.

While working Windows 11, assuming you have run over little compacted space accessible close to your C drive, you could address whether to make unallocated space contiguous to the target partition.

To direct you on such issues, this article manages answers for how to create unallocated space windows 11 10.