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How to merge unallocated space into an NTFS partition

Updated July 19, 2017

A partition is a division or an area of a hard drive sectioned off from the rest. Multiple partitions on a single drive may be used to install multiple operating systems, but may also be used for separating data. NTFS is a file system used by Windows partitions. If you have a hard drive with unallocated space, it can be made into a new partition and formatted with NTFS using the Windows Disk Management utility.

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  1. Log onto the computer using an administrator account.

  2. Click the "Start" button and click "Run." Type in "compmgmt.msc" and then press "OK."

  3. Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the left pane.

  4. In the right pane, right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New partition."

  5. Click "Next" and then select a type of partition. Most users will want to select "Logical Drive," which will make the new partition act as if it is a new hard drive. Some users may wish to use "Primary Partition," which will create a partition that could be used to store a secondary operating system.

  6. Click "Next," "Next" and then choose a drive letter or allow the new partition to use the default letter. Click "Next" again.

  7. Click "Format this partition with the following settings," select "NTFS" from the "File system" box and then click "Next."

  8. Click "Finish" to create and format the new partition.

  9. Log onto the computer using an administrator account.

  10. Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance," "Administrative Tools," and then open "Computer Management."

  11. Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the navigation pane.

  12. Right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New Simple Volume."

  13. Click "Next" and then "Next" again. Choose a drive letter or leave it as the default and then click "Next." Choose "NTFS" from the "File system" box, click "Next" and then finally click "Finish."

  14. Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance," "Administrative Tools," and then open "Computer Management." You may be asked to provide an administrator password.

  15. Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the navigation pane.

  16. Right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New Simple Volume."

  17. Click "Next" and then "Next" again. Choose a drive letter or leave it as the default and then click "Next." Choose "NTFS" from the "File system" box, click "Next" and then finally click "Finish."

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About the Author

Darren Johannsen has been writing computer-related articles since 2006. He has contributed to various websites, including the Slashdot blog. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Idaho.

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