Nowadays, users may often be faced up with the situation where the disk partition space is not enough to use. And I believe that most of the users will take the first action to open the system built in disk management tool. However, when the feature “Extend Volume” turns gray, what can you do?
The reasons why the option “Extend Volume” changes into gray are listed below:
1. The file system of the partition is not NTFS. (Microsoft rules that if users want to extend partition in disk management tool, the specified partition must be raw or NTFS)
2. No unallocated or free space contiguously stands behind the partition which needs extending.
3. When users meant to enlarge a logical partition, they only find an unallocated space right behind the specified partition.
Many users may know that they should resort to third party partition managers to enlarge a partition. There are so many partition magic in the market, so which one should be adopted? Don’t be nervous. A wise decision will be recommended for you. The professional partition magic – MiniTool Partition Wizard – is the one that is worth trying. This freeware can help users to extend partition without losing data when “Extend Volume” turns gray.
The strong partition manager can finish the task of enlarging partition without the limitations listed in italic font. It will extend FAT and NTFS partition. What’s more, users will never worry about whether there is unallocated space on the disk.
Now, I will show you the way to enlarge a partition in the program.
Step 1: run the partition magic to enter into its main interface.
Step 2: select the target partition (let’s take partition J as an example), and then left click “Extend Partition” in the action panel.
Step 3: enlarging partition J by taking free space from other partition on the same disk. And drag sliding handle to decide how much space you need to borrow. And click “OK” to go back to the main interface.
Step 4: With a click on “Apply”, all pending operations will be executed.
At last, the partition J (a FAT32 partition with no unallocated space right behind it) will be extended. If you encountered with the same problem, please download MiniTool Partition Wizard in its download center to fix the problem. I believe you will be more calm when the Extend Volume turns gray next time.