Situation: due to the retirement of Windows XP, I replaced it with Windows 7. Nevertheless, after a period of Windows 7 use I found its boot drive (system drive and boot drive are the same drive) is running out of space. Can I increase the size of boot drive?
Solution: As long as there is unused space, you are able to enlarge the target partition. It is believed that every user would want to find the easiest and safest way to extend boot drive, so next we will introduce some feasible ways, and users can choose the most suitable one according to practical situations.
In Windows Vista and later Windows operating systems, users can try using system built-in Disk Management. Just open it to check whether the following 2 conditions are met:
1. With contiguous unallocated space after the boot drive.
2. Boot drive should be formatted with NTFS.
If these conditions are met, extend boot drive to unallocated space via the feature “Extend Volume” in Disk Management. If not, ask a third party partition manager for help.
In Windows operating systems released before Windows Vista, turning to third party partitioning tool is highly suggested for system snap-in Disk Management tool does not have this function while third party partition manager can take unused space from any place on the same disk to extend a partition. If users do not know which tool to choose, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 1: run partition manager to enter the main interface:
Step 2: select the boot drive and click on “Extend Partition”.
Step 3: choose a partition or unallocated space to take unused space to extend the boot drive and drag sliding button to decide how much to take. Then, click “OK” to confirm operation.
Step 4: click on “Apply” to apply all changes.
So far, the work to increase the size of boot drive has been completed by using free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard. Do you want to have a try?