If users have a large hard drive and some space to spare, they can create more than one partition on their drive. Thus, they can store different files on different partitions. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Vista operating system provide a built-in disk management tool to help users extend or reduce Windows partition size. No more third-party partition magic needed! After right-clicking “My Computer” icon on the desktop, users can choose “Manage” and then click “Disk Management” to open its operating interface as follows.
At this time, users can right-click the target partition which needs changing, and then choose a suitable functional from the right-click menu. For example: to reduce Windows partition size, users can click “Shrink Volume” feature. After that, they will be given operating prompts. Just do as told.
Although built-in disk management tool can help to change partition size, computer users who use Windows operating system which was released before Vista like XP and Server 2003 will fail to resize partition. Besides, this tool will fail to extend /shrink FAT partition. At this time, if users want to successfully shrink partition to release more free space without limitation, they can turn to partition magic.
As partition manager software, MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended here because it can help to resize partition for free. Besides, it can perfectly run under almost all common Windows operating systems like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. What’s more, it not only can resize FAT partition but also can change NTFS partition size.
After downloading this free yet professional partition magic, users can install it on computer. After that, they can launch it to open its main interface.
In the above wizard like interface, select the target partition which needs operating, and then click “Move/Resize” button on the toolbar or “Move/Resize Partition” feature from the left action panel.
A blue partition handle is displayed in the above window. To reduce Windows partition size, users just need to shorten the partition handle or directly put accurate values on the “Unallocated Space Before”. After that, click “OK” button to go back to the main interface.
Finally, click “Apply” button to perform all changes. Thus, all work has been done with the help of MiniTool Partition Wizard.