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Unread 31-07-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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How to resize a partition in Windows 7

Windows 7 and Vista include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions.

To get to this utility, open up Control Panel, and type in partition into the search box. You’ll immediately see the link show up:





In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select Shrink Volume from the menu:




In the Shrink dialog, you will want to enter the amount you want to shrink by, not the new size. For example, if you want to shrink your 50gb partition by roughly 10gb so that it will now be roughly 40gb, enter 10000 into the box:




Extend a Partition:
In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select “Extend Volume” from the menu.





On this screen, you can specify the amount that you want to increase the partition by. In this case, I’m going to extend it back to the roughly 50GB size that it was before.

Note that the extend partition feature only works with contiguous space.

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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

Windows in-built disk management is useful for partition space enlarge when there is free space adjacent to the partition you wanna increase.
If there is no free space next to it, third party utility is more suitable, just like partition master as microsoft top recommend
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

i think easeus partition master is also a good partition tool.

u can google it.
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

note that win7 repartitioning doesn't always work well unless its a fresh or recent install.
i tried defrag before repartitioning, didn't work well either.
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i mean it wouldn't let me shrink past a certain size, even if data was only at 25%.
it worked after i fresh installed.
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

Usually its easier just to install another HDD.
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

There are two different ways of creating a new Windows 7 partition.

One option is to use the Disk Management and other method is to use Diskpart in the Command prompt.

Since we are familiar with Disk Management, we shall learn only this method right now.

The first step is to open Disk Management Utility.

The next step is to right click the “Unallocated volume” and then “New Simple Volume”.

The steps that follow are user friendly and finally you shall enter the amount of space you need in your new partition.

Also, the partition should be named by a letter of your choice (Except the ones which are being used to refer the existing partition).

Finish all these procedures and thus you have created a new Windows 7 partition. f

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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

Partition Magic Home Edition does a better job than Windows Disk Management. When you resize a partition there is no loss in data files. I have partitioned a drive numerous times with partition magic no problems. I believe 3rd party partition software does a better job than Windows native one does.
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

partition magic is stopped to upgrade now, if it is just for simple partition management, Windows 7 and server 2008 came with a brilliant features and help you resize Windows 7 partition itself. Sure, you can use third-party utility if necessary.

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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

Windows build in disk management Maximum allows you to free up half of the partition size. So it is better to use 3rd party non-destructive software to resize the partition, in the partition magic alternative software AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good choice.
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Re: How to resize a partition in Windows 7

before windows 7, I used to use Easeuse partition manager which works like a charm to me. but thanks to windows 7 built-in feature that I do not have to install 3rd party software.
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