Windows 8 Cannot Extend System Partition with Unallocated Space on Left

You can extend system partition by adding unallocated space to it under Disk Management in Windows 8, but you will fail to extend system partition when the unallocated space is to the left of C drive. Windows 8 Disk Management is able to extend any volume with contiguous unallocated space to the partition you want to extend, but it is unable to extend a volume when unallocated space is to the left of this volume. This article will introduce how to resolve the problem when you cannot extend C drive since unallocated space is to its left.

Unallocated Space to Left of C, Unable to Extend the C Drive Win8

C drive is often the first hard disk partition on your computer. When you shrink any other partition on the same hard drive, the unallocated space is usually located to the right of C drive (but not contiguous). However, the unallocated space might be on the left side of C drive if you left over some unallocated space during Windows 8 installation. In this situation, you are unable to extend C drive.

Situations That Cannot Extend System Partition on Windows 8

Here are some points which are very important to extend system partition on Windows 8 successfully,

1. You have to ensure that there is unallocated space on the same hard disk. If you have installed two or more hard drive on your computer, you cannot add unallocated space from one hard disk to another hard disk partition.

2. You have to make sure that the unallocated space is contiguous and on the right side of system partition. Even if there is one partition between the unallocated volume and system partition, you cannot expand system partition on Windows 8. In addition, you will fail to increase the size of system partition on Windows 8 even if the unallocated space is contiguous but it is to the left side of the C drive.

What to Do When Unallocated Space is to the Left of System Partition in Windows 8?

Whether the unallocated space is adjacent to system partition or not, you cannot extend system partition with unallocated space when it is on the left. Then, is there any way to fix this problem? In fact, you just need to move or create unallocated space to the right side of C drive in order to successfully add it to the system partition. You can do following things to get unallocated space on the right of C drive on Windows 8:
1. You can delete D partition (usually shows on the right of C drive) to create a new unallocated volume on Disk Management of Windows 8.
2. You can run Windows 8 partition tool to move the unallocated space to the right side of system partition.

Attention: You can also shrink partition with Windows 8 Disk Management, but the unallocated space will not show close to the system partition after shrinking.

Windows 8 Partition Software for C Drive Increasing with Unallocated Volume on Left

If you can use partition magic software, it is no longer a problem to increase size of C drive when the unallocated space is on its left. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free is a Windows partition tool, which is compatible with all Windows platform. Therefore, you can use it to extend C partition on Windows 8. You can successfully add the unallocated space to C drive whether the unallocated space is its left or right. If there is no existing unallocated space, you can also run this partition software to shrink partition to squeeze some unallocated space on your computer.

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