How to Add Unallocated Space to the C: Drive in Windows 11/10/8

Each of the approaches mentioned below proves to be efficient. Nonetheless, when it comes to simplicity and a seamless process of adding unallocated space to the C Drive, 4DDiG Partition Manager stands out as the most convenient option.

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Updated on 2024-04-15 15:12:30 to Hard Drive

Unallocated space is the free space that doesn’t belong to any partitions on the disk. You can utilize this space to add to the partitions, e.g., C Drive to extend its size. Merging the unallocated space to the C drive in Windows is a great way to create a smooth user experience - especially when the C drive is about to be full.

If you’re facing a storage full problem for C drive, adding the unallocated space can make your life easier. This guide will help you learn how to add unallocated space to C drive in Windows 11/10/8 with 3 top ways.

facing a storage full problem for C drive

Part 1: Why Do I Add Unallocated Space to the C drive in Windows?

C Drive is the system storage partition where the installed operating system, system files, and installed programs are stored by default. If the C drive storage bar shows up red in the Windows File Explorer, it means the C drive storage is full and will cause the system to run slower.

To address this problem, you can merge the unallocated space to the C Drive to extend and fix the low storage warning. Unallocated space is the storage space on the disk which doesn’t belong to any partition and can be merged into a C drive when needed.

Increasing the C drive size is necessary if there isn’t enough space left for the disk management to store program or system files. Otherwise, your system will become slower and slower and may take ages to process day-to-day tasks.

Part 2: How to Add Unallocated Space to the C: Drive in Windows 11/10/8

There are various ways to add unallocated space to the C Drive in Windows 11/10/8. However, we’ve outlined the top 3 based on the basic to the advanced one. Go through all of them, and find out which one works for you to add unallocated space to C Drive.

Way 1: Add Unallocated Space to the C Drive via 4DDiG Partition Manager

When it comes to adding unallocated space to the C Drive, there’s a little complication that only the adjacent or right side of the C Drive unallocated can be merged. The solution to this problem requires manual steps and might not be good for non-tech-savvy users.

4DDiG Partition Manager eliminates this problem and allows you to add unallocated space to C Drive in Windows/11/10/8 with a one-click process. The best thing about this tool is the graphical user interface which makes adding unallocated space to C Drive hassle-free.

  • Enhance your hard drive to a bigger size without data loss.
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  • Download and open 4DDiG Partition Manager. Pick "Partition Management" from the menu on the left-hand side. Following that, right-click on the partition you wish to adjust and opt for "Resize/Move" from the provided choices.

    resize
  • In the popup, adjust the chosen partition size by dragging its borders or entering a specified size in GB. Preview the changes after setting the size. To confirm, click OK to proceed.

    set the size of partition
  • The scheduled resizing task is displayed in the Task List. Click "Execute 1 Task(s)" and then confirm with OK to carry out the operation.

    resize execute task resize click ok
  • The resizing process begins now and will take a while. Await the desired partition size adjustment, then click Done.

    resize success

Way 2: Add Unallocated Space to the C Drive via Windows Disk Management

To add unallocated space to the C Drive, Windows also has its own tool Disk Management to perform disk management operations such as resizing partitions and moving unallocated space to C Drive.

However, adding unallocated space to C Drive via disk management requires manual steps compared to the 4DDiG Partition Manager, which executes on a one-click operation. Here’s how to add unallocated space to C Drive via Windows Disk on Windows 11/10/8.

  • Press Windows + R key simultaneously, and enter the ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the text field. Then, hit on the OK button to open the Disk Management tool.
  • Once Disk Management is opened, locate the C Drive and right-click on it. Select the Extend Volume size to increase its size by adding unallocated space.

    elect the Extend Volume size

    Some users find the Extend Volume option greyed out; or disabled, which couldn’t be selected.

    This happens only when the unallocated space isn't adjacent to the C Drive. Only the adjacent unallocated space on the right side can be added to the C drive.

    unallocated space isn't adjacent to the C Drive

One solution to this problem is to shrink the size of the other partitions on the disk, which can be done easily using Disk management. The second way is to use the 4DDiG Partition Manager tool, eliminating this error and automatically adding unallocated space to the C Drive. Refer to Way 1 of this guide for solution two.

Way 3: Add Unallocated Space to the C Drive using Windows DiskPart

You can also add unallocated space to the C Drive using the Windows DiskPart tool, accessed through the command line interface. Advanced users mostly use it because of its interface, which isn’t user-friendly, but it does the job as long as you enter accurate commands.

Follow the steps below to add unallocated space to the C Drive using the Windows DiskPart:

  • To open the DiskPart, launch the run window by pressing the Windows + R keys simultaneously. Enter the DiskPart in the empty text field, and hit the OK button to execute.

    Enter the DiskPart in the empty text field
  • On the Disk part is opened, type List Disk to show all the connected disks to the computer.
  • It’ll show all the connected disks to the computer and the designated numbers. The C Drive usually has 0 numbers. Type the command select disk 0 to select the C Drive. If your computer has a different number for the C drive, type select disk .

    select disk <number>
  • Once the Disk is selected, type the command list partition to show all the partitions on the selected disk. It’ll show all the partitions, note the C Drive partition number. Enter select partition <0>, and replace the <0> with the partition number of C Drive.
  • Now to increase the size of the C Drive, type extend size = . For instance, if you type extend size = 10000, 1GB of space will be added to the C Drive.

    type extend size

    Note: You can't add unallocated space to C Drive if the unallocated space isn’t adjacent to the right side of the C Drive. First, you’ll need to shrink the other partition to make a free space adjacent to the right side of the C Drive, then merge it.

Part 3: People Also Ask

Q 1: Why Can't I Add Unallocated Space to C Drive?

You can't add unallocated space to C Drive if it's not adjacent to the right side of the C Drive. The option to extend volume in the disk management will remain grayed out unless or until there’s an unallocated space adjacent to the right side of the C Drive.

Q 2: How to Add Unallocated Space to C Drive without Formatting?

If there is an unallocated space adjacent to the right side of the C Drive, you can merge it to the C Drive directly without requiring you to format the other partitions. Otherwise, you can use the 4DDiG Partition Manager tool, which automates this process and adds unallocated space to the C Drive without formatting.

Q 3: Can I Merge C Drive with Unallocated Space Directly in Windows?

You can merge the unallocated space to the C Drive directly if the unallocated space is adjacent right to the C Drive. You can do this by using various methods. The top ones use Windows Disk Management, DIskPart, and 4DDiG Partition Manager.

Conclusion

C Drive is the system space where all the system files and other necessary, temporary, and cached files are stored. If the C Drive has low storage, the file accessing and storing process on the partition will be slow, and hence it’ll cause your computer to perform slowly. To fix this problem, you can add unallocated space to C Drive with simple steps.In this guide, we discussed how to add unallocated space to C Drive in Windows 11/10/8 with the top 3 ways. All the above-outlined methods are effective. However, 4DDiG Partition Manager is the most convenient and hassle-free way to add unallocated space to C Drive.

William Bollson (senior editor)

William Bollson, the editor-in-chief of 4DDiG, devotes to providing the best solutions for Windows and Mac related issues, including data recovery, repair, error fixes.

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