Some PCs come with an extra partition that hosts the system reinstallation files. However, for some users, this feature is nothing more than a waste of space. Learn to merge two partitions of your hard drive into one and be able to make the most of it.
Although Windows comes with a somewhat primary hard drive manager, it doesn’t allow you to merge partitions. Therefore, it is necessary to install a third-party tool. In this case, it is Paragon Partition Manager, available for free on its website. Click on the Download button and wait for the download to finish.
Launch the executable and install the program in the usual way. Of course, you probably want to deactivate the EaseUS Todo Backup and TuneUp Utilities installation boxes. It is also advisable to change the installation mode to ‘custom’ so as not to end up with one more toolbar on your PC. When finished, press Finish.
When the welcome interface appears, choose the first option,’Partition Manager’. Another window will open listing all partitions found on the system, even those that Windows does not recognize. Select one of the partitions you want to join and click on the ‘Merge’ button on the toolbar.
A new dialog will allow you to check the boxes of the partitions to merge. There are some limitations, being one of the main ones that both partitions have to be contiguous. That is, there cannot be a single byte in between. Also, this version can only merge partitions formatted in NTFS or FAT. When you have it, press OK.
Let EaseUS do a series of checks and, if everything is correct, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the main interface. It may be necessary to restart the computer if any system partition is involved. When finished, both partitions will have merged into one.
If the wizard shows a problem, you may have to make a dent in the regions adjacent to the partition you want to merge. Usually, this is not entirely feasible with the free version of EaseUS. So in these cases, it is advisable to download a Live version of a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu or Mint, and perform the entire process with Gparted.