Question: since system prompts there is no enough space on local drive C, I searched solutions on the internet and was recommended to enlarge the very drive via system built-in Disk Management program. I’m much embarrassed because I even do not know where the Disk Management tool is. Who can tell me detailed steps to resize hard drive partition in Windows XP Partition Management utility?
Answer: I’m sorry to tell that Windows XP built-in Disk Management tool is not configured with functions to change partition size, because such functions are not contained until Windows Vista. If users do not believe what I’m saying, just right click “My Computer” icon on desktop, choose “Manage”, select “Disk Management”, and right click the target partition to check. Therefore, Windows XP users had better turn to third party partition management utility rather than the snap-in one to resize hard drive partitions. Nevertheless, for users who know little about partition management, like the one introduced just now, it is relatively difficult to download a professional partitioning tool. Aiming at this situation, we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
There are many reasons for recommending this partitioning program. Firstly, it is capable of shrinking and extending any type of partition, including FAT32 partition, NTFS partition, etc, no matter whether there is unallocated or free space contiguous. Secondly, it is a read-only utility, so users do not need to worry about data security. Thirdly, it is easy to use and applicable to all Windows users.
1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main window:
2. Select the partition which needs resizing and choose a function from the left panel. Take enlarging partition C for example. Select partition C and choose “Extend Partition” to get the interface below:
3. Take free space from a specified partition or unallocated space to extend the target drive and drag sliding handle to determine how much to take. Then, click “OK” to go back to the main interface.
4. Click “Apply” button on the top window to apply previous changes.
After these 4 steps, to resize hard drive partition in Windows XP by using third party disk management utility is done. When Windows XP users need to change partition size, turn to third party tools, for the built-in one can not do this.