Question: my system partition is running out of space, so I eagerly want to increase the size of primary partition holding Window rather than delete old files since I do not know clearly which files are related to Windows. Is there a good solution?
Answer: first of all, we need to know what operating system you are using, because in different operating systems we provide different solutions. To extend partition under Windows operating systems released before Windows Vista, we suggest using third party partition manager since snap-in Disk Management tool has not been equipped with such a function. In Windows Vista and later Windows operating systems, try using Disk Management for “Extend Volume” and “Shrink Volume” have been contained. Open the program and we can see its main interface. Here, we take Windows 7 built-in Disk Management for example:
Now, we can see detailed information about each partition and disk. If users want to increase the size of primary partition holding Windows via this tool, the following 2 conditions should be met at the same time:
1. The target partition must be formatted with NTFS.
2. The partition we like to extend should be with contiguous unallocated space on the left.
If these prerequisites can not be met, we also suggest asking third party partition manager for help. Nevertheless, there are so many partition managers on the internet that most users do not know which one to choose. Here, we recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard. After seeing the following demonstration, users will know specific reasons for recommending it.
Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface:
Then, select the partition holding Windows (here, it is Partition C) and choose “Extend Partition” from the left side to get the window below:
Now, we can choose a partition or unallocated space on the same disk to take free space, which will be used to extend the primary partition holding Windows. Then, drag sliding button to decide how much to take and click “OK” to go back to the main window:
At last, click “Apply” button on the top to apply changes. When application is completed, the target partition will be extended successfully.
Now, users would believe how easy it is to increase the size of primary partition holding Windows, and MiniTool Partition Wizard can help them a lot.