As we know, extended partition is a kind of disk partition which can not be used directly but used as the form of logical partition. After a long time use, some logical partitions may run out of space while other partitions are full of free space, which influences disk space use ratio largely. To solve this problem, many users know resizing partition is a good choice, but they do not know how to resize extended partition well.
Resizing partition contains 2 operations. One is to extend partition, and the other is to shrink partition. 3 types of tools can help resize extended partition, namely command prompt, Windows built-in disk management tool, and third-party partition magic.
The first tool is not suggested for common users, because it requires so complex operations. As to the second tool, users can make use of it selectively, because only a part of Microsoft operating systems are added with functions of resizing partition, including Windows Vista/7/8 and Windows 2008/2012. Moreover, if there is no unallocated space on hard disk or unallocated space is not located after and neighboring to target partition, to extend partition is impossible. Nevertheless, by using excellent third-party partition magic, users do not need to worry about how to resize extended partition for it requires simple operations and provides wonderful data protecting solutions. Next, let’s see detailed steps to resize extended partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard, a quite welcomed partition magic all over the world.
Step 1: download the partition magic from the downloading page and install it on computer.
Step 2: launch the software to open its main interface:
Step 3: select the partition which needs resizing and click the function “Move/Resize Partition” from action panel.
Step 4: Drag triangles boxed by red line or input desired value to corresponding textbox to resize partition, and then click “OK” to go back to the main interface below:
Step 5: click “Apply” button to apply changes.
After these operations, users resize extended partition by using partition magic successfully. Moreover, users can extend partition directly no matter whether there is unallocated space on disk, and the function “Extend Partition” is available. Now, users would know how to resize extended partition easily and safely.