I am running Windows 7 with 4 partitions. Now, I want to shrink one of my partitions to create a new partition to store some working document. And I heard that Windows built-in disk management tool can help to resize partition. Thus, I click “My Computer” icon on the desktop at first, and then, select the “Manage” button and click “Disk Manage”. After that, right-click the target partition (FAT partition). However, the feature “Shrink Volume” is grayed out. Why can’t I shrink Windows 7 FAT partition with disk management utility?
Answer: Windows built-in disk management tool can only shrink/extend NTFS partition or raw partition. In fact, partition magic can help you to solve this problem.
Since disk management tool cannot work well to shrink partition, users can turn to third-party software. And there are lots of partition magic programs on the internet. If users cannot decide which one to choose, try MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is a free partitioning tool that has complete functions, including move/resize partition, merge partition, copy partition, create partition, etc. Besides, it provides wizard-like interfaces that require no technical knowledge.
First of all, users need to download MiniTool Partition Wizard from its downloading page. And then, install it on computer according to prompts. After that, launch it to open its main interface.
In the main interface, users need to select the target FAT partition which needs resizing and click “Move/Resize Partition” from Operations group of action panel or “Move/Resize” button from toolbar to get the following window.
In the pop-up window, users can see a partition handle with one triangle icon on each edge. At this time, they can shorten the partition handle to free shrink partition, or directly enter values in the text-boxes below to get the same effect. After that, click “OK” button to go back to the main interface.
In this window, users can see the selected partition changes from 37.4 GB to 23.65 GB and an unallocated space appears. At this time, click “Apply” button on the left to execute all changes. Thus, users are successful to shrink Windows 7 FAT partition. Note: if users need to create a new partition, they can select the unallocated space and click “Create” button from toolbar. And then, they will be given detailed operating prompts. Follow the prompts and they can easily complete this task.
Are you still using built-in tool to shrink Windows 7 partition to create new partition, obsolete it and try MiniTool Partition Wizard.