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How to resize, extend, shrink Windows 7 partition?

2016-09-01 13:48:19 Posted by Daisy to Partition Manager

Summary:
How to resize, extend, shrink Windows 7 partition? EaseUS Partition Master Free can resize/move/merge/split/extend/shrink partition without data loss in Windows 10/8/7

Can Windows 7 built-in disk management resize, extend, shrink partition?

Yes. But there is no obvious improvement of Disk Management built-in Windows 7 and it is same as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 with some limitations. (Please refer to the comparison table below)

Windows 7 Disk Management - Extend/Shrink Partition

So some advanced disk management in Windows 7 is still unavailable when you find your system partition is out of space which will be in red as below:

Windows 7 low disk space

In this condition, people have to seek best partition manager software for Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit and Windows 8. EaseUS Partition Master, a comprehensive free hard disk partition manager for Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit.

EaseUS Partition Master VS Disk Management Built-in Windows 7

Features EaseUS Partition Master Windows 7 Disk Management
Merge partition Support Not support
Move partition Support Not support
Resize dynamic volume Support Support
Copy dynamic volume, copy disk/partition Support Not support
Extend NTFS system partition without reboot Support Support
Create, delete, format, change drive letter, set active Support Support
Extend/shrink FAT Support Not support
Extend/shrink NTFS Support Support
Partition Recovery Support Not support
Hide, label, check partitions Support Not support
delete all partitions Support Not support
partition scheme Support Not support
Create WinPE bootable disk Support Not support
Support GPT disk, hardware RAID Support Support

So that's the main differences between EaseUS Partition Master and Disk Management built-in Windows 7.

As a matter of fact, the only disadvantage of Disk Management built-in Windows 7 or other Windows systems is that it can not resize the partition. That's the main reason why the partition software for Windows 7 exists. The following part will give you a demonstration of how to resize partition under Windows 7.

How to resize/extend/shrink Windows 7 partition with EaseUS Partition Master?

To resize Windows 7 hard drive, please follow the operations bellow:

The following is step-by-step instruction to extend system partition (C: drive).

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Free partition manager software

If there is no unallocated space behind the system partition, please follow the below steps. If there is unallocated space behind the system partition, please directly go to step 4.

2. Shrink the partition behind C and you will get unallocated space.

Resize Windows 7 data partition

3. Move the drive rightwards to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition (C: drive) and click OK.

Move the data partition

4. Select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend system partition (C: drive).

Extend Windows 7 system partition

5. Click Apply.

For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.

Following the above steps, you can resize (extend or shrink ) Windows 7 64 bit hard drive easily.

Besides Partition Manager, EaseUS Partition Master provides Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk & Partition Copy Wizard features. It is a complete solution to solve your disk and partition problems.