Unable to move partition or unallocated space using Gparted? This page is about how to move partitions when Gparted cannot move partition on Windows/Linux.
Several factors can prevent moving a partition using GParted:
How to create unallocated space? -> Shrink nearby volumes, or delete a volume.
Unallocated space already there? -> You need to use the Gparted Live USB/CD in computer bootable mode.
This following video shows how to use Gparted in bootable mode to resize a partition(shrink volume to produce unallocated space), and later you may right click the volume to move its position after the steps in this video.
In general: In order to move a partition, the disk must contain some unallocated space, Gparted must be run in bootable mode, the partition is neither encrypted, locked, damaged nor mounted...
Note: If it's a Windows pc, we would recommend you use free tool Partition Resizer which can help shrink, move, expand any volume without losing data. What's special, this free tool can help clone disk/partition for backup, and it can help protect OS and data if anything unexpected happens such as power surge during the procedures.
Ensure backups and take precautions before making partition changes to avoid data loss.
IM-Magic Partition Resizer, a free Windows disk partition management utility, can help resize, move, expand Windows volumes without losing data. It has more functions such as clone, convert, delete volumes etc.
How to move a partition: (UNALLOCATED SPACE ON THE SAME DISK IS REQUIRED FOR MOVING A PARTITION)
Note: Press 'Apply Changes' in the end.
Here are some scenarioes when it's unable to move a volume with Gparted Live USB/CD or any other software.
Moving a drive from one disk to another requires RAID construction if it's on Windows pcs. Usually it is not possible to move a partition from one disk to another since the partition is physically restricted to one disk. And only RAID could help disk volumes extend the limit.
When the disk is logically partitioned, it's not possible to move a linux partition to a Windows disk.
It's not possible to move an encrypted drive or locked drive if it's still locked/encrypted. You need to unlock the drive at first, and then if it's Gparted, users need to use Gparted Live USB/CD in bootable mode. Other Windows partition software such as IM-Magic Partition Resizer won't ask for running in bootable mode if the drive is unlocked.