Can I Shrink One Volume to Extend Another Volume with Windows 8 Disk Management?
Windows 8 Disk Management built-in "Shrink Volume" feature supports to reduce partition size and generate unallocated space. Can you redistribute the unallocated space to any partition within Windows inbuilt disk management?
How to shrink volume with Windows 8 Disk Management?
Step1: Right-click "Computer", select "Manage" and then click "Disk Management" in "Storage" folder to open Windows 8 Disk Management. Right click on the volume which you want to shrink and select "Shrink Volume" as below:
Step2: In the pop-up window, enter the amount of space to shrink.
Then you can preview an unallocated space behind D drive. When you right click on it, you can only see "New Simple Volume" that allows you to create a new partition.
The new generated unallocated space is always on the right side of the partition in Windows 8 disk management. However, the "Extend Volume" can only extend the partition that has an unallocated space behind it. So the unallocated space which is not next to C drive can't be added to system partition.
How to add unallocated space to C drive?
AOMEI Partition Assistant, as a magic partition software for windows, has many powerful and versatile features to manage disk partition safely and easily. As for the unallocated space, wherever its locations, AOMEI can move it to any partition. Free Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition (File Size: 7.65 MB)
Tips: AOMEI Partition Assistant is also fully compatible with the latest Windows 8.1, and the steps of shrinking volume in Windows 8.1 are the same as those to shrink volume in Windows 8.
Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition. Right click the partition (here's C) which you want to extend and select "Merge Partition".
Step2: In the pop-up window, click C drive and the unallocated space.
Step3: Click "OK". You can see C drive has been extended. Please click "Apply" to commit the operations.
From the above, we can make conclusion that Windows 8 Disk Management has some limitations , it allowing shirking partition to create new volume only, but can't add the unallocated space the partition that not next to it. AOMEI Partition Assistant maybe the wise choice to make the best use of disk space.