I believe that many people will extend a partition in disk management tool when the specified partition runs out of its space. They can make use of the free part of the hard disk to reach the goal. In the process of expanding Windows partition, users may be encountered with two main problems.
Problem 1: Users can not find such a kind of function in disk management tool (DM for short).
Actually, Windows Operation Systems that published before Vista (like Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003) are not accompanied with function to extend a partition.
Problem 2: The “Extend partition” feature is unable to use.
In the recent editions of Windows OS (such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, etc), this very function has been merged into the DM tool. However, there are some limitations in this function.
1. Only when there is unallocated space right behind the partition, you can enlarge it. One more thing, the file system of target partition must be NTFS.
2. A user wants to expand a primary partition, but he only finds a free space stands right adjacent to the target volume, vice versa.
3. The specified partition keeps system page files, thus we can not enlarge it.
So many complex troubles exist in the disk management utility. Thus users had better resort to a third party partition manager to get rid of these limitations. Here, I strongly recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard to them. This powerful partition tool can help users expand Windows partition with ease.
Download and install the freeware to computer. Then, open free partitioning tool to get the main interface where all disks and partitions are shown.
1. Choose the partition which needs expanding and click “Extend Partition” button to enter into next interface.
2. Extend the specified partition by borrowing free space from other partition on the same disk. And drag sliding bar to the desired value. With a click on “OK”, you will return to the main interface.
From the screenshot above, you can see the capacity of the partition D has been enlarged into 43.61GB while the partition F has been shrunk to 151.54GB.
3. Left click “Apply”, and all operations will be performed.
After the application is done, the operation of expanding Windows partition in MiniTool Partition Wizard has been fulfilled.