As is well known, Windows 7 built-in Disk Management tool is equipped with the function “Extend Volume” to extend partition, but unfortunately it is often greyed out. What’s the reason? There are 2 possible reasons:
1. The partition we want to extend is a FAT partition.
2. There is no unallocated space behind and contiguous to the partition which needs extending.
Definitely, if the function “Extend Volume” is inactive, users will be unable to increase partition size. Well then, what should we do when the function Extend Partition of Windows 7 is greyed out? The best solution is to ask third-party partition magic for help. Excellent partition magic can make up all defects of Windows 7 built-in disk management tool. If users do not believe what we are saying, please look at the following example.
To use partition software, we need to download an excellent one from the internet. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard is strongly recommended, because it can meet all demands for extending partition well. Please download professional partition magic from downloading page and then install it on computer according to prompts.
The interface below pops up when we launch the software successfully:
In this interface we choose partition J (a FAT32 partition) to extend. After selecting target partition, we will find the function “Extend Partition” is not greyed out but can be used directly to increase partition size. Please click this function to get the following interface:
Here, we need to take free space from an existing partition or unallocated space to extend partition of Windows 7, and we can decide how much space to take by dragging sliding button. Then, click “OK” to go back to the main interface:
From the interface above we can see the selected partition has been extended. At this time, as long as we click “Apply” button to apply all changes, the work to extend partition of Windows 7 will be finished thoroughly.
If users are also troubled by the situation where Extend Partition of Windows 7 is greyed out, resort to professional partition magic right now.