Question: I’m an old Windows XP user and often troubled by how to resize partition. Once a certain partition is running out of space, I have no choice but delete old or needless files to solve the problem temporarily, but sometimes important files are deleted by mistake. Therefore, I really want to download a piece of partitioning freeware to resize partition without data loss since XP Disk Management can not do this.
Answer: Windows XP Disk Management indeed does not provide a function to change partition size unless users delete partitions to recreate, because such functions are included since Windows Vista. Moreover, though command DiskPart can help resize partitions in Windows XP, it has 2 big limitations. Firstly, the operated partition should be NTFS partition. Secondly, there must be unallocated space right contiguous to the primary partition which needs extending or free space after contiguous to logical drive. Considering this situation, we recommend using MiniTool Partition Wizard. The very partitioning freeware can help resize partition in Windows XP without any data loss since it is just a read-only tool. Next, let’s see detailed operations.
Firstly, download and install the partitioning freeware to the partition which will not be operated, or users need to restart computer. Then, launch it to enter its main interface:
Next, select the partition which needs resizing and choose a corresponding function from the left panel. For example, if we just want to shrink a partition, “Move/Resize Partition” can be chosen; if we need to extend a partition, both “Move/Resize Partition” and “Extend Partition” are available, but the latter makes the operation more conveniently since it does not require unallocated space. Here, we take the function “Extend Partition” for example. After clicking on the function we can see the following window:
In this interface we can choose an existing partition or unallocated space on the same disk to take free space so as to extend the target partition, and dragging sliding handle can decide how much space to take. After getting desired space, please click on “OK” to go back to the main interface.
At last, click “Apply” button to apply changes.
So far, to resize partition in Windows XP with partitioning freeware has been completed. If Windows XP users also want to change partition size but haven’t found an effective solution, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition. It is absolutely free.