Question: I have used my computer for a long time, and there is large data in it. Recently I find the computer D drive is running out of space and want to extend it but it cannot be operated by Windows Disk Management. There is some unallocated space after D drive but extend volume greyed out issue appears. D drive is primary partition. What happened? How to solve this problem to improve my computer performance?
Many users may encounter the above situation and don’t know the reason and its solution. Windows Disk Management can help users to solve problems quickly and faultlessly in managing volumes in some aspects, but sometimes it is not enough powerful, just like extend volume. Extend volume grayed out problem often appears in Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista and often causes many troubles for users.
In Disk Management, extend volume grayed out issue often appears and you may ask why. Actually, this article will introduce you three situations that extend volume option cannot work in the following words.
1. If you want to extend a primary partition, but there is not any unallocated space in your hard drive on computer. Or unallocated space is existing, but it is not adjacent and right to the partition you want to extend. If your partition is logical partition, but there is unallocated space after it, also extend volume cannot work; but if some free space is next to logical partition, it can work.
2. Users want to extend a FAT partition with Disk Management, also extend volume option is grayed out. Disk Management extend volume only works on NTFS and RAW partition. As for the above mentioned situation, there is unallocated space after D partition but cannot extend partition, maybe it is because the partition is not NTFS format.
After knowing the reasons about extend volume greyed out in Disk Management, most users want to find some useful and wonderful ways to solve this problem. Commonly some users may choose a professional partition software to do this work. At this time, a free and powerful partition manager is recommended to you.
Partition Wizard is a professional, powerful, easy-to-use and wonderful software in managing partition and disk which can be used to extend partition, resize partition and merge partition to increase partition size. This free partition manager can extend system partition, primary partition, logical partition, NTFS partition and FAT partition even if there is no unallocated space. Partition Wizard can quickly and safely solve users problems, compared to Disk Management, it has not any limitations.
Firstly Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition and launch it. Then open its main interface. Here take C system partition as the target partition to be an example.
Secondly, click C drive and then you can see one option “Extend Partition” on the left, click it. There is another way to click extend partition. Right click C drive to choose “Extend” option.
Thirdly, then you can extend partition for C drive by taking free space from other partition or unallocated space on the same disk. This feature solve Disk Management limitation problem. Click “Ok” to continue. Here you can drag sliding button to decide how much space you want to take.
At last, click “Apply” to finish all the operations.
With Partition Wizard, users can easily and perfectly solve Extend Volume greyed out problem and make up for the deficiency of Windows Disk Management to extend primary partition, logical partition, NTFS partition or FAT partition without limitations.
Note: In addition to extend partition with “Extend Partition ” feature, users can resize partition and merge partition to achieve this aim.