How to extend c partition Windows 8 using unallocated space

I am trying to extend my C drive using the unallocated space i have on my drive. I've done some reading and if I recall correctly, I can only extend/merge with a volume to the right of the c drive.

Am I correct about this? Is there a work around so that I can simply use the unallocated space to extend my c drive on my windows 8 pro laptop?

Thanks in advance.


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tobe1424Author Commented:
I ended up creating a new volume with the unallocated space. I then moved the files from the immediate partition to the right of c to the new volume and  was able to merge them using AOMEI
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've been using the free home version of Partition Wizard for many years:

It is an excellent product and can do exactly what you want. You didn't say if your W8 is 32-bit or 64-bit, but it supports both. Regards, Joe
tobe1424Author Commented:
Thanks joe I will give it a shot and advise asap

its a x64 os..
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've used it many times on 64-bit Windows and have total confidence in it. That said, it's always wise to do a backup before such a procedure, I prefer a clone with Casper for such purposes, but use whatever tool you prefer so that you can restore in case something goes haywire (although extremely unlikely with Partition Wizard). Regards, Joe
tobe1424Author Commented:
it did not work for me...ive heard that the drive space has to be contiguous meaning to the right

but i could be wrong. yet, it seems like i am not
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I suspect you didn't do it right. It definitely works and the unallocated space does not have to be to the right. Take a look at this tutorial:

If you follow its steps carefully, it will work. Regards, Joe
nobusbiljart fanCommented:
i have used Bootit-BM  (free for this)  for years, and never lost any data
here's how to use it - and afaik - it has to be to the rigth of the C: drive
download Bootit - make the cd  - and boot from it; - do NOT install it on your disk, hit cancel
now select partition work;
i would just move the C: partition to the unallocated space, by using the Slide button, put in the location you want
then look if the free space is to the right; if so - use the resize button to include the free space
if the space is NOT directly to the right of C: - post the new layout
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Backup your system first. Then in Partition Wizard catch the start of C: drive and drag it to the left till you get all space assigned to the drive. It will ask for restart then because change of left start of locked partition can be done only with restart. Then the operation must be completed within special interface.
If Partition Wizard does not have this interface then it will fail of course. Then you need a tool which can do this operation with restart such as Paragon Partition Manager:
They have a free version as well.
The better way would be to create a system image and restore it with some imaging program that allows resizing (take the free trial of drive snapshot). Better because it takes less time [could be hours that you save depending on the (mechanical) hard drive - on SSDs it's not that different because they have much lower latency].  And you have to have an image backup anyway if you do partitioning operations.

Only downside: you need something (LAN/USB/SATA-connected) to put the image on. But: anyone with a little sense for backups should already have that.
tobe1424Author Commented:
I accepted my own solution because I did not have time to do all of the other great options.
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