As we know, an extended partition is a container that can hold one or more logical drives which cannot be used directly but used as the form of logical partition, and logical drives function like primary partitions except that they cannot be used to start an operating system. After a long time use, some logical partitions may have little free space while others are too large. In this case, users had better change partition size to maximize the performance of the computer. Nevertheless, how to resize extended partition without influencing the original data?
In general, users can turn to Windows built-in disk management tool and third-party partition magic to resize partition. But, the “Extend Volume” disk management offers can only be used on a certain premise. To be specific, if the unallocated space on the same hard disk is not located after and neighboring to the target NTFS partition, the feature is unfeasible. Besides, the disk management tool of some operating systems (including Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP) is unable to change partition size. So well, the best way to resize partition is to turn to partition magic.
Users can turn to partition management software to easily resize partition. And they can try MiniTool Partition Wizard because it is a piece of free partition software. After downloading it from its official website, users need to install it on computer. And then, launch it.
The above window is the main interface of this freeware. At this time, select the extended partition which needs changing and click the “Move/Resize Partition” button on the Operations group of the action panel to get its operating interface as follows.
In the pop-up window, users can drag triangle boxed by red line or directly put desired value to the corresponding textbox to change the size of the selected partition. After that, click “OK” button to return to the main interface of this software.
In this interface, users can preview that the size of the selected partition changed. At this time, click “Apply” button on the left to execute all changes to computer. Thus, all work has been finished.
See! The best way to resize extended partition is to turn to third-party partition magic such as MiniTool Partition Wizard.