Problem: 2 primary partitions and 2 extended logical drives are on my Windows 7 computer. I have been trying to figure out how to enlarge an extended logical drive with keeping data intact. Nevertheless, Disk Management does not work (“Extend Volume” was grayed out) and DiskPart gave me the following message:
Who can tell me how to resize an extended logical drive with ease? Is there any third party software to extend a logical drive while leaving other volumes untouched?
Countermeasure: when both Disk Management and DiskPart failed to increase a partition, third party partitioning tool is needed. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended, for it can break through all limitations of Disk Management and DiskPart (they have the same defects). Next, let’s use this program to extend a FAT32 logical drive when there is no free space contiguous.
First of all, users need to launch the software to get the main window, which is shown below:
On the main interface detailed information about each partition is shown clearly. Here, we take extending partition H which is a FAT32 partition for example. Please select partition H and choose the item “Extend Partition” from the left. After that, the following interface will appear:
Here, we can enlarge the extended logical drive by taking free space from any partition or unallocated space, and dragging sliding handle can determine how much space to take. Afterwards, click “OK” icon to return to the main window:
Now, we can preview the selected FAT32 logical drive has been extended to 119.81GB, and at this time to click on “Apply” button will make the extending finally realized. And the whole process brings no influence on data.
Are you still troubled by how to resize an extended logical drive? Try using the partitioning tool MiniTool Partition Wizard on your own. Both extending a partition and shrinking a partition are available.