Merge partitions refers to merge 2 partitions into a bigger one, in other word, merge partition is to extend partition. Usually, day after day, the free space of a partition will become less and less due to cache, temporary files, which will affect computer performance, especially low disk space of system partition. In order to solve this kind of problem, users need to take some measures to extend partition such as merge partitions.
2 Ways to Merge Partitions for Free
It is well acknowledged that there are different file systems such as FAT32, FAT12, EXT and NTFS.
In order to free merge FAT Partition and NTFS partition to expand partition size, it has two common ways: one is Disk Management in Windows 7,Windows 8/8.1, another is third party software.
- Disk Management in Windows 7/8/8.1
Disk Management is a built-in tool in Windows 7/8/8.1, which allows users to extend partition. you can click My Computer>Manage>Disk Management to open this tool. With this tool, if there is no unallocated partition, you need to shrink partition to get it at first. Then what diverse to mentioned is that this tool can only extend partition when there is unallocated space contiguous behind the partition required to extend, otherwise extend volume will gray out.
- AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard
Free partition magic software AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free for commercial and home users. it supports FAT32, NTFS, FAT12,FAT16, So it can free merge NEFS partition and FAT partition into a bigger one or merge unallocated space into any partition. It is a wonderful feature for the users who plan to extend partition.
Before you do:
- If you plan to merge partitions, only 2 partitions can be merged at one time and the 2 partitions must be adjacent.
- Data partition can be merged onto system partition, but system partition can’t be merged into data partition.
Step1:Download AOEMI Partition Assistant Standard, install and launch it. click partition E and then choose Merge Partitions.
Step2:In the pop-up Windows, choose another partition (here is partition F). you can choose merge partition E into partition F or merge partition F into partition E in this pop-up window. After setting click OK to go on.
Step3:In the following window, you can see FAT32 partition F has been merged into NTFS partition E. to make the operation take into effect, please click Apply. Then you can merge partitions free.
If the partition has running applications, AOMEI Partition Assistant will suggest you to close them or perform the operation under PreOS Mode