RAID Recovery Software—PartitionGuru


Updated on May 14th, 2021

What is RAID?

The term “RAID” stands for redundant array of independent disks which was originally redundant array of inexpensive disks. RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a logical unit for the purposes of data redundancy and performance improvement.

Advantages of RAID

RAID is designed to improve performance and reliability and obtain larger capacity. Users don’t need to care how many disks form the RAID, for a RAID appears to the operating system to be one single logical hard disk. RAID technology possesses following advantages:

  • Provide large disk space. 2TB hard drive is large enough to common users at present, which, however, is far from enough to enterprise users. Larger disk space can be created by RAID composing several hard drives, for instance, compose five 2TB hard drives to 10TB disk space via RAID 0.
  • Fast speed. Being one of the most important parts of computer, hard drive develops quickly in capacity, and yet its speed improves slowly. RAID enables several hard drives to work at the same time, plus, these hard drive appears to be one hard drive logically, thus RAID reaches a speed that several or dozens of times of one single hard drive.
  • Improved data security. The parity and mutual image backup provides fault tolerance and ensure data security and reliable.

RAID data recovery with PartitionGuru

PartitionGuru provides powerful data recovery functions for files recovery and partition as well as RAID data recovery, BitLocker drive recovery, etc. It can reconstruct virtual RAID when RAID disks go wrong, and then recover files and partitions from RAID disks just like from local disks.

To construct virtual raid, please follow the steps here: start PartitionGuru and then clisk  the menu “Tool” to find the item “Construct Virtual RAID” as in the pictures below:

RAID data recovery

How To Allocate Free Space in Windows 10/8/7


Updated on May 13th, 2021

This article talks about how to allocate free space in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, so that you can make full use of disk space.

What is unallocated free space?

Unallocated space or free space is a certain period of logical space on a hard drive or USB disk that operating system such as Windows cannot write to. When you set up a storage device on computer, you need to partition unallocated space so that is can be recognized and used by system. If you leave disk unallocated, then you cannot use disk space to store data. It is common that a disk contains unallocated disk space which does not belong to any partition. It does not show up in File Explorer and no programs can write to the space. If you open Disk Management you can view the space is marked as “Unallocated”.

“I just upgrade my system drive for my laptop from an 80 SSD to a 320GB SSD. I cloned the SSD successfully, and now there is not problem with system booting. But the SSD contains large unallocated space. Now I need to extend the Window partition to include the unallocated space. However, the Extend option in Disk Management is not available. Do I have to create a new partition on that area?”

How to deal with unallocated free disk space?

To make use of unallocated disk space you need to either create a new partition on it or add it to an existing partition.

When you set up operating system, the installer often asks to partition the drive. Of course, you can partition the disk on your own. In this way, there’s usually not unallocated space. You can also create new partition even though you’ve installed operating system. Both Disk Management and free partition manager software can do the task for you. One thing you should note that if your hard drive is using MBR partition table and there are already 4 primary partitions (3 primary partition and 1 extended partition) on the disk, you may get problem during crating partition.

Most times we choose to create new partition on unallocated space if it is large enough for a partition. However, if the unallocated is too small, you can choose to add free space to one of existing partition. The process of allocating free space to partition does not cause data loss. Disk Management is able to extend partition by adding free space to partition, but it can only add it to adjacent partition.

Solution 1: Create new partition on unallocated free space

Method 1: create new partition on unallocated space in Disk Management

Step 1: Open Disk Management. Right-click on Start button and choose Disk Management.

Step 2: Locate the unallocated space in Dis Management. Right-click on it and select New Simple Volume, as below:

allocated free disk space

Step 3: Follow the “New Simple Volume Wizard” to complete the process. If you are not familiar with those settings in the wizard, you can just follow the default settings.

Method 2: Create new partition on free space in DiskGenius Free

DiskGenius is free disk partition software and it is able to manage disk and partition for hard drive, virtual disk, SSD, USB flash drive, SD card, etc.

Step 1: Install and launch DiskGenius from computer and you can easily find the unallocated disk space which is marked as Free.

Step 2: Select the free disk space and click New Partition button from toolbar. Then the “Create New Partition” window shows up, as below:

allocated unallocated space to partition

Step 3: Select partition type and file system type, and click OK button.

Step 4: Click Save All button from toolbar and DiskGenius will asks whether to format the partition. Click Yes and get the partition formatted.

Solution 2: Allocate free space to existing partition

What will you do if there is free space, say 15GB, on the disk which is not large enough to create a new partition? I think the best solution is allocating it to other partitions. This can be carried out by two methods.

Method 1: Add unallocated space to an existing partition without data loss

Step 1: Launch DiskGenius from your computer. Then you can clearly view partitions and the unallocated space on the disk.

Step 2: Right click free space and select the items “Allocate Free Space To” and choose a partition to add the space.

allocated unallocated space to existing partition

Step 3: DiskGenius shows operations to be done and things you should note. Click Yes and it starts to move disk space to specified partition. Then wait for the process to complete.

allocated unallocated space to existing partition

Method 2: Expand partition to add free space in Disk Management

Note: In Disk Management, you can only add free space to adjacent partition, for instance, partitions and free space is displayed in the order “(C:), (D:), Unallocated”, the unallocated space can only be added to D drive instead of C drive. If you want to add it to any other partition, you can follow method 1.

Step 1: Go to Disk Management. Right-click on the partition that next to the free space and choose “Extend Volume”

Step 2: Follow steps of Extend Volume Wizard to expand the partition.


In this tutorial, we’ve talked about a couple of solutions to deal with unallocated free disk space in Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. Follow this guide and you can make full use of disk space on hard drive or USB disks. If you have any question or need any help, please feel free to contact us.

How to convert MBR to GUID without data loss?


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Updated on May 14th, 2021DiskGenius (old name Eassos PartitionGuru) Free provides comprehensive functions for partition management and it is able to convert MBR (master boot record) to GUID partition table (GPT) without losing data. Step 1: Get DiskGenius (old name … Continue reading