Problem description: I want to install another operating system (Windows XP), but there is not enough free space to create a new partition for it. Thus, I need to shrink one of my partitions to free up enough free space to dual boot into XP. However, my biggest problem is that I don’t know how to shrink Windows partition without influencing the original data since I don’t want to spend time recovering lost files and data.
If users want to shrink partitions or volumes without bringing any damage to the original data, they can turn to third-party partition magic. Although, some Windows like Windows 7/8 provide built-in disk management tool to change partition size, it can only shrink NTFS partition. And if users have powerful computer knowledge and are quite familiar with Disk Part utility, they can turn to this tool to fix this problem. Users who are unfamiliar with its commands are easy to make mistakes, thus suffering data loss or partition damage.
Users can find lots of different partition magic on the internet, but most of them needs complicated steps or have flaws. Aiming at this situation, users can try MiniTool Partition Wizard because it doesn’t need special knowledge and skills and provides high security. Besides, it is a free tool which is compatible with almost all Windows operating system like Windows XP/Vista.
Users need to install this professional partition magic freeware on computer and launch it to open its main interface as follows.
In the above window, select the target partition at first, and then choose the “Move /Resize Partition” from the left action panel or “Move /Resize” button on the tool bar.
A blue partition handle is shown. The length of the handle presents partition size while the blank area means unallocated space. To shrink Windows partition, just drag the border of the rectangle bar to shorten it. After that, click “OK” button to return to the main interface.
In the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, users can see the size of the selected partition decreased and an unallocated is created after the target partition. At this time, click the “Apply” button to successfully shrink Windows partition.