Problem: At the beginning of installing Windows 7, I partitioned my hard disk to the following partitions:
System reserved with no drive letter: 300MB
System partition C: 150GB
Data partition D: 200GB
Data partition E: 130GB.
Now, I want to know whether there is a chance to change partition size and how to change allocated partition size.
Solution: it is possible to adjust the fixed partition size (including extending partition and shrinking partition) in Windows 8, and both Windows Disk Management and third party partition manager can help complete this operation.
Firstly, launch the Windows 8 snap-in disk management tool to get its main window:
Then, right click the partition we want to resize and choose a function from the shortcut menu to change allocated partition size. To shrink a partition, we can choose “Shrink Volume”. To extend a partition, we need to select “Extend Volume”. Nevertheless, in one of the following situations, Windows Disk Management will be unable to change partition size:
1. The partition which needs resizing is a FAT partition.
2. No free space right and contiguous to target logical drive and no unallocated space after and contiguous to target primary partition.
Under these situations, users had better employ a third party partition manager to readjust partition size.
Firstly, we need to download a reliable partitioning tool from the internet. If users do not know which one is available, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard. It can make changing partition size easy and safe.
After downloading and installing the program on computer, we need to launch it to get the main interface:
Then, select the partition which needs resizing and choose the corresponding function from the left panel. For instance, if we want to shrink a partition, choose “Move/Resize Partition”. If we need to extend a partition, “Extend Partition” is suggested. Now, we take extending partition C for example. Select partition C and click on “Extend Partition” to get the following window:
Next, choose a partition or unallocated space to take free space to increase the specified partition and drag sliding handle to determine how much space to take, and then click on “OK”.
At last, apply changes by clicking “Apply” button on the top.
Seeing the demonstration above, users would know how to change allocated partition size. Just have a try.