Windows 7 users may have encountered with the situation where one of the disk partitions are running out of use, while the other partitions still have much free space. Then some users will consider about increasing the partition size. However, when doing the operation in Windows 7 snap-in disk management tool (“DM” for short), many of them may find that the “Extend Volume…” feature is grayed out. They can not fulfill the task in this utility. Actually, expanding Windows 7 partition is not an easy job. Due to the functional defects and limitations (for example, only when there is unallocated space right behind the target partition, one can enlarge its space. Furthermore, the specified partition must be with NTFS file system), DM can not satisfy users’ needs when doing disk management. At this time, users should find out a partition magic to make up the flaw. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard (researched and developed by a famous Canadian company MiniTool Solution Ltd) is the best for computer users.
Please download this partition manager from its download center in advance. Then install it in your computer.
Open the software to enter the main interface.
1. Select the target partition, and then click “Move/Resize Partition” button to continue.
2. In this window, drag the black triangle to the right to expand Windows 7 partition. After that, click “OK” button to return to the main interface.
Here, we can see that the size of partition F has been increased to 172.26GB (the original capacity is 159GB).
3. Click on “Apply” button to conform all operations. Finally, the work of using partition manager to expand Windows 7 partition will be finished.
After reading, I believe that users have known the way to extend partition in MiniTool Partition Wizard. In fact, this is just one of its functions. From the screenshot, we can see that the partition magic can also do other operations (like “Extend Partition”, “Merge Partition”, etc) in disk management.
Note: 1. The function “Move/Resize Partition” can be applied when there is unallocated space which stands right adjacent to the target partition in the disk.
2. Compared with “Move/Resize Partition”, the “Extend Partition” feature is more user friendly. To be specific, it allows people to borrow free space from any partitions in the same disk.