How to Manage/Resize Partitions on Windows 11 or 10 without Losing Data?

There is no need to hire a technician to resize or modify the Windows 11/10 partitions. There is a lot of freeware available over the internet to resize/modify the existing partitions of Windows 11/10. You may have only one partition if you have purchased a new computer with a pre-loaded Windows 11/10 operating system. If you have already created several partitions and later you want to resize or merge them. All this is possible without any third-party tool. It is straightforward to manage with existing partitions.

Disk Management is a built-in tool that comes with Windows 11/10. The Disk Management tool is responsible for creating, deleting, modifying, and formatting the partitions. You can even change the drive letters with the Disk Management tool without downloading any software.

Disk-Management-windowThe Disk Management window is available in two panes. The top pane shows a list of volumes, whereas the bottom pane shows a graphical representation of available disks and the volume that exists on each disk. If you select a volume in the top pane, the bottom pane will show the disk that contains that volume. And if you choose a disk or volume from the bottom pane, the top pane will show the corresponding volume. It will show Disk 0, Disk 1, and so on on the bottom pane.

How to resize a partition on Windows 11/10?

It would help if you shrank the volume to resize the existing partition so that the unallocated space can be allotted to another volume/partition.

Step 1. Now, click on the Start button and type diskmgmt.

diskmgmtStep 2. Then, click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” to launch the Disk Management tool.

Step 3. After that, right-click a volume/partition in either pane and select the Shrink Volume option.

Shrink-VolumeNote: You can only shrink a volume if it has enough free space. In my example, we are shrinking “Volume F,” which has enough free space.

Step 4. It will open a new window with a Shrink name; you can specify the size to shrink. It will automatically select the maximum available free size to shrink, which is editable.

Shrink-sizeStep 5. Now, when you have entered the size to shrink, click on the Shrink button.

Shrink-buttonStep 6. After that, you can see that the space is unallocated once the shrinking is completed.

Unallocated-spaceHow to create a Partition on Windows 11/10?

The free spaces which are not in use by Windows are known as unallocated spaces. You need to create a partition to use this unallocated space.

Step 1. Now, click on the Start button and type diskmgmt.

diskmgmtStep 2. Next, click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” to launch the Disk Management tool from the search results.

Step 3. After that, right-click on unallocated space from the bottom pane and select “New Simple Volume.”

New-Simple-VolumeStep 4. Then, it will open a new window with the name New Simple Volume Wizard.

New-Simple-Volume-WizardStep 5. Next, click on the Next button.

Step 6. You can specify the new partition/volume size and click on the Next button.

Size-of-New-VolumeStep 7. After that, you can assign any drive letter, not in use and click on the Next button.

Drive-letterStep 8. Then, select a file system (NTFS is more reliable) and click on the Next button.

Note: you can also change the volume name from here.

File-SystemStep 9. Finally, press the Finish button to create a new partition in an unallocated space.

Finish-creating-partitionHow to delete/format a partition on Windows 11/10?

Follow the below-given steps to delete an existing partition:-

Step 1. Now, click on the Start button and type diskmgmt.

diskmgmtStep 2. Next, click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” to launch the Disk Management tool from the search results.

Step 3. After that, right-click on the partition from any panes and select “Delete Volume.”

Note: Right-click on the partition from any panes and select “Format” to format a partition/volume. Formatting will erase all the data from the selected volume/partition, but it will not erase/delete partition/volume.

Delete-VolumeStep 4. Next, click on the Yes button to proceed with the deletion of partition/volume.

Delete-Simple-VolumeStep 5. After that, you will find some unallocated space in the bottom pane once you have deleted any partition/volume.

Unallocated-space-after-deletingHow to merge Partitions on Windows 11/10?

Follow the steps to merge unallocated space with an existing partition without losing the data:-

Step 1. Start with clicking on the Start button and type diskmgmt.

diskmgmtStep 2. Next, click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” to launch the Disk Management tool from the search results.

Step 3. After that, right-click on the nearby partition of unallocated space and select “Extend Volume.”

Extend-VolumeStep 4. Then, click on the Next button on Extend Volume Wizard.

Extend-Volume-WizardStep 5. Now, specify the size in MB and click on the Next button.

Specify-sizeStep 6. Finally, click on the Finish button to merge the partition with unallocated space.

Finish-merging-partion

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