Can I Shrink Windows 8 Volume to Extend Volume with Disk Management?

The “Shrink Volume” feature in Windows 8 Disk Management allows you to reduce partition size and generate some unallocated space. Then, how to make best use of the unallocated space? Can you extend boot partition or system partition with the unallocated space?

How to shrink volume with Windows 8 Disk Management?

Step1: Open Windows 8 Disk Management. Right click on the volume (here’s D) that you want to shrink and select “Shrink Volume”.

Shrink Volume Windows 8

Step2: In the pop-up window, enter the amount of space to shrink.

Shrink Volume

After that, you will find a block of contiguous unallocated space locates behind D volume. If you right click on the unallocated space, you will find you can only create a new volume.
Unallocated Space

When shrinking a volume in Windows 8 with Disk Management, unallocated space can only be generated at the right side of the volume you shrink. At the same time, the “Extend Volume” only works with contiguous unallocated space behind the partition you want to extend. Therefore, you can not add the unallocated space into C drive since there is D volume between C drive and unallocated space.

How to add unallocated space to C drive?

As Partition Magic alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant is ALL-IN-ONE partition manager and powerful disk management utility. No matter where the unallocated space locates, it lets you add it into any partition in Windows 8 safely and easily.

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Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition. Right click on the volume (here’s C) where you want to add unallocated space and select “Merge Partition”.

Merge Partition

Step2: In the pop-up window, choose C drive and unallocated space in the volume layout.

Merge Unallocated Space Windows 8

Step3: Click “OK”. You can preview the unallocated space has been added into C drive. To save the changes, please click “Apply”.

Click Apply

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:

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