I'm absolutely blown away by how impossible this task appearing to be. I've been through probably a hundred separate Google search results, every single one explaining how to "right click the volume and click extend". Well guess what, the extend button is greyed out. Here's a screenshot of Disk Management:


I can't use the Windows snipping tool with a context menu open (and my keyboard lacks a print screen button), but believe me when I say that the extend button is greyed out when right clicking the Windows 8 partition. I've tried using DISKPART.exe too:


Would anybody care to fill me in on why Windows is refusing to extend the partition? What will I have to do in order to extend the partition with the remaining 140GB on the drive?

  • I used to use "partition magic"(not free) for all that stuff. it would run from windows, or boot off floppy disks(rescue disks), a dos version. very easy to use with a gui. not sure what people use now.
    – barlop
    Jan 5, 2013 at 22:01
  • I really recommend Paragon's free partition manager. It's not the fastest algorithmically speaking (it will move all your data in the partition, so be prepared to wait a few hours), but I've never had problems with it corrupting anything. (And yes, I've gotten corruption from quite a few other partition managers... even from Windows's own Disk Manager.)
    – user541686
    Jan 5, 2013 at 23:02
  • Before attempting to use a third-party tool to relocate the partition, make sure you (a) have a backup and (b) have a Windows recovery or installation disk (USB or DVD) you can boot to. Check that it boots. Jan 7, 2013 at 2:23

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Windows 7 "Extend" feature works only if the unallocated size is to the right. Yours is to the left. You will need to use a 3rd party partition application (PartedMagic/GParted).

Before messing around with partitions, backup everything first.

  • 1
    So is it impossible to extend the partition from Windows 8?
    – Hubro
    Jan 6, 2013 at 6:34
  • Windows only allows basic partition editing. In your situation I believe you can not Extend the partition because of where the unallocated space exists. You could create a backup system image of the C partition and use a recovery cd/dvd and to combine those two partitions and then restore the system image back onto the merged partition. But it would be simplier and far easier to use a 3rd party application/os to just move the partition/resize.
    – Logman
    Jan 6, 2013 at 20:41
  • +1. It might be possible to extend the volume if you first convert the disk to dynamic. But IIRC the system volume can't be extended that way, because it isn't allowed to be fragmented, so that won't work either in this situation. Jan 7, 2013 at 2:20
  • I have free space to the right, and I am still unable to grow the partition.
    – Ruud
    Jun 29, 2016 at 21:50
  • 1
    It seems not possible also if there is a recovery (or other) partition in between your unallocated space on the right (e.g. system drive connected to another guest to extend).
    – Sum None
    Jan 10, 2019 at 22:56

From my experience with dealing with partitions I would suggest 2 options:

  1. GParted - a free linux distribution which can be operated from a live CD and hence removes the limitation cause by manipulating partitions from within the system. - it has very thin GUI but helpful.

  2. EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition - An amazing tool which can do almost everything and resize/merge/delete partitions without any problem. I really like this program since you dont have 'step outside' of windows, you just give the orders and then it does everything by itself.

Good Luck.


The extend button is greyed out: that's because the Volume that you are trying to resize is a system partition which is in use so you can not do a change on it,

you can resize the Volume with Partition Wizard!

Download Partition Wizard boot able .ISO image then burn it to a CD and boot it.

here are the links below:


Partition Wizard Boot able .ISO image

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    Actually these days Windows can extend a volume that is in use. Jan 7, 2013 at 2:19

If you can boot a Linux system from (USB/CD) I would use the comands fdisk, dd and ntfresize to do the job manually:

  1. use fdisk to create a new partition of the unallocated space
  2. use dd to copy the windows partion into the new one
  3. again fdisk to remove the old windows and the new partion, and re-create the new one with the same number of the old windows partion.

At this point you can test already if the windows system is able to boot from the copied partion. The data of the old windows partion is still unchanged (just invisible) and could be re-created easily with fdisk.

  1. use fdisk to resize the new partion as big as wanted
  2. use ntfsresize to enlarge the ntfs file system

you can use this free application

its really simple and very fast to work with partitions

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EaseUS Partition Master Free can do this, and is a reliable free tool which can resize partitions on-the-fly, while running Windows, without any need to reboot.

It can resize "basic" volumes and it doesn't matter if the disk space is on the "left" or "right" side of the partition.

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