Moving partition is a part of resizing partition and it is also a
missing function in Windows built-in Disk Management. Without the function, you
cannot do a lot of operations. Besides resizing partition, you still cannot merge or
extend an existing partition with an unallocated space if the unallocated space is
not adjacent to or before the existing partition. Or, simply, you just cannot change
the location of your partitions. With the help of this function you can reset the
location of a given partition.
For example, you have a C partition, D partition and an unallocated
space on your Disk 1, and you want to enlarge partition C with the unallocated
space. In this case, you should first move D partition backward so as to make the
unallocated space directly after C partition. After that, you can smoothly extend C
partition by adding that unallocated space in.
Before you do
To secure the smooth process of moving partition, and avert
unnecessary mistakes, user should pay attention to following tips:
If there are other applications running on the partition which you
are going to perform, AOMEI Partition Assistant will notice you to close those
applications or to execute this operation in PreOS Mode.
It would be advisable to make reliable backup for your valuable
data to the external media such as networks, CD/DVD or external hard disk drive, the
free backup software - AOMEI Backupper may help you out. It
is always better to be cautions than sorry.
To move partition
Step 1. Choose the partition you want to move (take D
partition as an example, and you can see a 390GB’s unallocated space located after D
partition), right click it and then click “Move Partition”.
Step 2. Put the mouse on the selected partition and drag it
rightward when the mouse become a cross crux. Then hit OK to continue after
you drag partition D to the very right end.
Step 3. As you can see from the following screenshot, the
partition D has been moved to the right side of the unallocated space. And
meanwhile, the 390GB’s unallocated space has been moved directly after C partition.
To save the changes, just click Apply on the toolbar.
Move Partition will change the original location of a given
partition with its size intact. Apart from the Move Partition function, AOMEI
Partition Assistant still provides a Resize Partition feature
to change the size as well as the location of a specified partition.
There must be an unallocated space adjacent to the partition which
you are going to move; otherwise it would never be moved. Using Resize Partition to
release some unallocated space if there is no unallocated space on your hard disk.
Moving system partition will lead to reboot computer (computer
Besides right clicking to choose “Move Partition”, you can also do
it by directly select “Move Partition” under Partition Operations column on the left
after setting one partition (which you are going to move) active by clicking it.
After moving partition successfully, you can extend the partition
you plan to by resizing it. The operations of resizing a partition are very similar
to those of moving partition; even the screenshots are nearly the same, No wonder
that the two options are combined together when they are under Partition
Operations column. However, there are still a few parts which are different
between the two functions. First of all, there is an “Advanced >>” button on
“Move Partition” pop-up window in step2 above if it is in resizing partition
case. You can tick “Allow partition alignment to optimize the performance of
SSD” after clicking “Advanced”. Second, it seems that you can only
resize the target partition by drag the graphic bar rightwards/leftwards when mouse
pointer being put on the circle on the left/right end of the bar and mouse pointer
becomes double-headed arrow. You cannot do refined resizing by setting size under
the graphic bar.
Generally speaking, you can move partition by choosing either “Move
Partition” or “Resize Partition” in right menu, but you can resize
partition only by selecting “Resize Partition” in right menu. If you enter the
operations from Partition Operations column, there is no difference, because the two
options are combined together and there is only a choice named “Resize/Move