To change partition size is quite necessary for most Windows 7 users. For example, when a certain partition is running out of space, users need to extend it; when there is no free space available to create a new partition, they should shrink a partition to get desired free space. Well then, how to change partition size in Windows 7 by using snap-in Computer Management? Next, we will introduce specific operations.
To use this tool, we need to launch it at first. Wizards to open the program: right click “Computer” icon on desktop, select “Manage” from short-cut menu, and click “Disk Management” under “Storage” item. Then, disk information and partition information will be shown clearly:
As we know, resizing partition includes shrinking partition and extending partition. To shrink a partition, we just need to right click the target partition and select the functions “Shrink Volume”. To extend a partition, select “Extend Volume” instead. Nevertheless, these 2 functions are not always available. For example, if the operated partition is a FAT32 partition, both functions will be grayed out.
Therefore, users are not suggested to change partition size in Windows 7 by using system built-in Computer Management while professional third-party partition manager is highly recommended. MiniTool Partition Wizard is such a program.
Firstly, run recommended partitioning tool to get its main window shown below:
Then, select the partition which needs resizing and choose a suitable function. To shrink a partition, users can make use of the function “Move/Resize Partition”. To extend a partition, they can use “Extend Partition” feature. After choosing desired function, they will be given detailed operating prompts. As long as they do as MiniTool Partition Wizard told, they can get desired partition size easily and safely.
Are you using Windows 7 Computer Management to change partition size? Obsolete it and turn to the third-party partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard.