We can merge partitions for Windows 8 in two different ways
The above picture shows a Windows 8 user's partition allocation on a hard disk. Partition F: and Partition H: are both used to store pictures but they both have much spare space. This condition is detrimental to data storage. Actually, we can merge the two partitions to rationalize space allocation and data storage.
Two ways to merge partitions for Windows 8 will be introduced. One is using professional partition magic and the other is using Windows 8 built-in disk management tool. We will make a comparison.
Merging partitions for Windows 8 with professional Windows partition magic
Please visit http://www.partitionwizard.com// to download the professional Windows partition magic and install it to Windows 8. After installation, launch it. We'll see its main interface, as follows.
artition H: and F: are adjacent, so we can directly merge them. Select any partition and click "Merge" button on toolbar, and the following window will appear.
Select Partition H: and click "Next" to go on.
Select Partition F: and click "Finish" to go back to the main interface.
We can see the two partitions are merged. Please click "Apply" to execute the operation.
Merging partitions for Windows 8 with disk management tool
This is the main interface of Windows 8 disk management tool. Before merging partitions, please transfer all data of Partition F: to Partition H:. Then please delete Partition F: (due to limitations of the disk management tool, we can only delete Partition F: ). Free space is released, shown as below.
Then we can use "Extend Volume" function to extend Partition H: with the free space, thereby merging partitions indirectly.
Seen from the above, although Windows 8 built-in disk management tool is able to realize merging partitions, the operations are troublesome. Transferring data will cost much time and any carelessness will lead to data loss problems. In comparison, the professional Windows partition magic is easier to use. And in the process, partition data will not be damaged. Besides merging partition, this Windows partition magic can also extend partition, split partition, move partition, copy partition, format partition, delete partition, recover lost partition, and so on, but Windows 8 disk management tool can only finish some basic operations like formatting partition and deleting partition. And its "Shrink Volume" and "Extend Volume" functions are unavailable most of the time.
Through the above comparison, we can get the conclusion: if we want to merge partitions for Windows 8 or carry out other partition management tasks, the professional Windows partition magic takes precedence over Windows 8 disk management tool. Users can download its free edition to have a try.