After a Windows 8 hard drive has been partitioned, one of the partitions, especially C drive, may run out of disk space but the adjacent partitions have enough free space. In this case you can merge partitions in Windows 8 for combining disk space into a bigger partition, which is ideal if you want to save a great deal of data that would not fit into a smaller partition.
In general, you can merge partitions with Windows 8 Disk Management snap-in. However, you need to delete the partition to free up unallocated space in advance because the extend volume option only works with contiguous unallocated space. Then, merging Windows 8 partitions with Disk Management tool becomes time-consuming and risky.
As Partition Magic alternative for Windows 8, AOMEI Partition Assistant enables you to merge adjacent partitions into a bigger one directly. It does not require deleting any partitions. With several clicks, you can merge Windows 8 partitions without data loss.
The following is an example to show the step-by-step instruction of how to merge C and D partitions in Windows 8 with AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition:
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Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition.
Step2: Right click on C partition and select "Merge Partition".
Step3: In the pop-up window, choose C and D in the partition layout.
Step4: Click "OK". You can preview the D partition is merged into C partition. The size of the C partition is the total size of two partitions. To save the changes, please click "Apply" button on the toolbar.
After merging partitions operation being completed, all the contents in D partition will be placed in a folder named "D-drive" on C partition.
Note:system and/or boot partition can only be set as destination when merging with other partitions. And this is also another way to extend boot partition (system or C drive).
As ALL-IN-ONE partition manager and powerful disk management tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows you to do the following operation in Windows 8: