Expand C drive with unallocated space

I have a 120 Gb SSD drive and bought a new 500 Gb drive. I created a system image from Backup and restore. Restored that to the new hard drive, and it's working fine, but there is 357 Gb of unallocated space at the end in Disk Management. There are 4 partitions plus the unallocated. 39 Mb OEM > 15.18 Gb Recovery > 96.02 Gb "C" > 8 Gb Hibernation Partition > 357.70 Gb Unallocated. When I right click on the unallocated and try to create a volume I get "there is not enough space on the disk" My ultimate goal is to move the Unallocated to the "C" partition to have total space of about 450 Gb. I'm at a loss and could use some Expert advice.
Robbie NelsonIT ManagerAsked:
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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 what OS you're running, but I'm sure you'll be fine, since it supports all editions of XP, Vista, W7, W8, W10, both 32-bit and 64-bit for all. Regards, Joe
Robbie NelsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Joe, I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. I'll give that a try.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've used it on many W7/64-bit Pro systems without a problem. That said, when doing something like this, it's wise to make a backup/image/clone. I prefer Casper for cloning (not a free product), but since you already created an image with Backup and Restore, you should be fine. Regards, Joe
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Robbie NelsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Joe, just tried it and to Merge C with the unallocated space needs the full paid version. I also tried to create a volume on the unallocated space, and got an error message saying no MBR's. Any other input you might have?
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Here's a comparison table of the editions:

Seems to me that you want to resize a partition (first item in the list), which shows as being available in the Free edition. It points to this tutorial:

Did you follow those steps? Regards, Joe
Robbie NelsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
No, I want to move the unallocated space to the "C" partition to be able to use the extra 350 Gb or merge "C" with the unallocated partition to accomplish the same. I've included a snip from the disk management console...
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... I also tried to create a volume on the unallocated space," ==>  That's because it's an MBR drive, so you can't have more than 4 partitions (and you already have 4).

The issue is simple:   You have 4 partitions plus some unallocated space structured basically like this:

[OEM] [Recovery] [C: drive] [Hibernation] [unallocated space]

You can only extend C: if there is unallocated space immediately after it.

So ... there are two ways to accomplish what you want to do:

(1)  Delete the Hibernation partition [this is used by the Intel Rapid Start technology -- you can recreate it after C: as long as you save enough space for it -- or you can just not bother with it and let the system hibernate using the standard hyberfil.sys].    After you delete it, you'll be able to extend C: in Disk Management.


(2)  "Slide" the hibernation partition to the end of the disk, so the unallocated space is after C: and before the hibernation partition.    Then you'll be able to extend C:     There are a variety of utilities that can "slide" the partition =>  I'd use Boot-It BM (the free demo will do the trick).     https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Sorry for the delayed response — dog needed a walk. :)

What you want to do is Move/Resize, but the free space that you want to extend to must be contiguous free space. So the problem is the intervening Hibernation partition that is between C and Unallocated. I haven't done this before, but I think this should work. First, turn off hibernation. This should free up the hibernation partition. It may make it unallocated, but if not, delete the partition. The goal is to create a single unallocated partition out of the current 8GB hibernation partition and 357.7GB unallocated partition. Then you'll be able to resize C to take all that unallocated space. Regards, Joe
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You don't need any third party tool for this. Simply delete the Hibernation partition and then using Windows Disk Management - right click on C: - extend. That's it. Or you can create another partition of the left space. You are not able to create the partition at the moment because your drive has already 4 primary partitions. And MBR can have only 4 primary partition. GPT drive can have lots of them.
Robbie NelsonIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thank you Joe and Gary. Wound up deleting the Hibernation partition and then expanding C. Also thank you Noxcho, but received the fix before your comment.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. I'm glad that worked for you. Regards, Joe
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