How to Remove an Unallocated Partition
Disk Management is used for 94% of the removal of an unallocated partition for a Windows based device. This is done by merging it to an adjacent or a new partition.
Using Disk Management to Remove an Unallocated PC Partition
Disk Management can also be used to remove unallocated partitions on a PC. This method has been tested and works for Windows 7, 8, Vista and XP operating systems. It can also remove an unallocated partition in the latest Windows 10 version if it is integrated with Disk Management functions.
1) Click on the Start Menu.
2) Type Disk Management in the search box that pops up after clicking on Start.
3) Click on “Create and format hard disk partitions” once the search results pop up.
4) This will open Disk Management to it’s full version if not already opened earlier.
5) Look for your unallocated partition or drive in the lower half of the screen.
6) Right click on it when you find it and choose “Delete Volume” from the drop down menu.
7) Click yes to continue with this process if a confirmation window pops up after selecting Delete Volume . This will delete all files contained in that unallocated space so be very sure that you want to delete this partition.
8) A warning box will appear before Disk Management takes action on your unallocated space. It is important to read the contents of this window carefully so as not to lose everything in the unallocated space.
9) This process may take several hours depending on file size and hard drive speed. Disk Management will display the progress so one can wait for it to complete its task before resuming other work on the computer.
10) When this process is done, you will get an unallocated drive again in your system that can be used to create new partitions or just leave it there if no more space is needed anymore.
11) Format it and you can now use this unallocated space for whatever purpose you want to. This method is simple and does not require any special skills or knowledge in computer technology or software programming.
The formatting process will delete all the data present on your PC, so make sure that you have backed up your data beforehand.
Other professional disk manager software can also be used to remove an unallocated partition.
CHKDSK is a popular tool to use for this purpose. This software can be used to check the file system of a disk and correct problems if found during the checking process.
It also finds bad sectors on a disk and recovers readable information from them. CHKDSK has been pre installed with windows operating systems since 1991. It was there before Windows 95 and it has been part of windows since then.
How to Use Chkdsk to Remove an Unallocated Partition:
Close out all open files and programs as this process will restart your computer. Open Command Prompt by typing CMD in the windows search option at the bottom left hand corner of your screen.
Once Command Prompt is open, type the following command line in the window.
Type chkdsk/f /r
Press Enter on your keyboard. Commands are written one after the other with no spaces between them.
The system will ask you to schedule a chkdsk on the next reboot. Type Y and press enter once more.
This process takes a long time depending on your hard disk size. A bigger drive will take longer than a smaller one to complete this scanning process. When it is done, restart your computer as scheduled.
This method is used to remove an unallocated partition. It can be used in computer repair shops for this purpose. It can also be done at home if you know what you are doing, but try not to lose any important data from your computer just because it has a virus or malware that you have to remove using this process.
If you need to do this at home, then back up your data in advance.
Reset computer defaults is an option in Disk Management that deletes all partitions in the hard drive and restores it to its factory settings when PCs are bought brand new or if there is a problem with them due to viruses. If everything was backed up from the computer before this option is used, then there would not be any issues.
It can also be done from a boot disk if Disk Management on your PC does not function properly. An external hard drive or USB flash drive must be used to create a bootable disk.
Can you remove unallocated space?
Yes, you can remove an unallocated partition in windows by using the Command Prompt and Disk Management in Windows 7 and older operating systems.
How do I merge unallocated partitions to C drive?
It’s possible to merge unallocated partitions with free space so that you can use the entire HDD. Here is how to do it:
1. Right-click on the partition you want to remove and choose “Delete Volume”. If this option isn’t available, skip to step 3.
2. Right-click on an unallocated space and choose “New Simple Volume”.
3. Select the HDD you want to use, make sure it’s not an SSD or a USB drive because if you transfer data from another partition to the new one, the old partition will have priority.
4. Click on Next then “Finish” in the popup window that appears. You’ll see a new HDD with the capacity of all unallocated partitions.
5. Right-click on it and choose “Extend Volume”. Use the slider to increase the size of your C drive or leave it empty if you want to use this space for another partition.
6. Click on Apply in the popup window that appears, then you can delete the old partition.
7. Right-click on it and choose “Delete Volume”. Confirm you want to remove the partition in the next window that appears.
8. Click on Apply, then OK in another window to restart your computer with these changes applied.
9. Right click on your new drive (the one created in step 5) and choose “Properties”.
10. Click on Disk Cleanup, then click OK to confirm the action.
11. Repeat steps 4 through 7 but now it should be much faster because you’re deleting any previous data (like old files or folders which are no longer needed).
12. Now that your HDD is clean, right-click on it and choose “New Simple Volume”.
13. Go to step 4 and keep following instructions until you get back to step 9. Then, restart your computer once again.
14. Open My Computer or This PC from the desktop. You’ll see your HDD merged directly to C:\ so your files will have a little bit more headroom.
If you’re having trouble following these steps, you can remove unallocated partitions and merge them to C drive with EaseUS Partition Master.
If you’re having trouble following these steps, try using EaseUS Partition Master to merge your unallocated partition into the C drive. The software is easy-to-use and can be downloaded for free online.
You’ll get an automated system scan that will quickly identify any errors on the PC so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself.
If there are no errors detected after running a full scan of your hard disk, then try one more time before contacting tech support in order to avoid data loss and other issues down the line.