3 Best Free Partition Manager For Windows 7/8/XP 32 Bit and 64 Bit

Jean updated on May 14, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Windows 7 support ended on January 14, 2020. Seize your BEST chance to get reliable Windows 7 partition manager so to manage and optimize your Windows 7 hard drive partition performance for free.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft has ended its support for Windows 7, trying to push Windows 7 users to upgrade their computers to Windows 10. A certain number of Windows 7 users still choose to stay with Windows 7 as their computers are too old to install Windows 10. For these Windows 7 users, choosing a reliable Windows 7 partition manager will be vitally important to keep their computer alive.

On this page, you will learn three Windows 7 partition managers - 1. EaseUS Partition Master; 2. Windows Disk Management; 3. Diskpart CMD. You can pick up anyone and follow its tutorial steps to reallocate Windows 7 disk and optimize the computer performance without any obstacles.

How Do I Resize a Partition in Windows 7

"Does anyone know if Windows Disk Management will work on Windows 7 after Windows 7 support ended? I recently got a notice from Windows, warning that my Windows 7 computer C drive is out of space. I have assigned 30GB for my C drive. Now I want to extend C drive. How do I resize a partition in Windows 7? The total capacity of my hard disk is 180 GB. Please help!"

Why Need to Resize Partition on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows XP

The reasons why to have a Windows 7/8/XP partition manager to manage the disk are various, including:

  • Low disk space error on C drive or C drive is out of space
  • Windows 7/8/10 requires more space to reinstall Windows OS, install applications and applications on C drive
  • Some Windows 7 users prefer to keep the old system and spare some space to create a new partition to install Windows 7/8/10 and have a dual-boot system.

What Is the Best Free Partition Manager in Windows 7

Speaking of Windows 7 partition manager, some of you may come up with Windows Disk Management. Some people would recommend the Diskpart CMD command. As for some experienced and advanced users, they may recommend a third-party partition manager software like EaseUS Partition Master for you to try.

But which one is the best Windows 7 partition manager? Our recommendation is third-party partition manager software.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows 10/8/7/XP

Many people want to get the best free partition manager to manage their hard disk, including resizing a partition. If you are one of them, EaseUS Partition Master is for you. EaseUS Partition Master software now also supports dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7, go to download it and try.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Pros:

  • Supports to resize partition, extend, shrink, and even merge partitions for free using "Resize/move" or "Merge partition" feature.
  • Supports to format, delete, create partitions for free. 
  • Supports to delete all partitions on a disk by one-click.
  • Supports to convert disk to MBR/GPT, convert partition to primary/logical, convert FAT32 to NTFS for free.
  • Supports to convert disk from Basic to Dynamic or vice versa.
  • Supports to wipe data on disk in one click.

Cons: It only supports disk and partition management on Windows OS. 

You can also apply EaseUS Partition Master Free as a free Windows 10 partition manager to manage partitions in Windows 10.

Tutorial - How to Manage Partition on Windows 7/8/XP with EaseUS Partition Manager

It is safe and easy to use EaseUS Partition Master Free to extend or shrink partitions on Windows 7/8/10 and Windows XP/Vista.

Here we'll show you how to use Windows partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master to extend or shrink Windows partitions on your own in Windows 7:

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Add space to the System C drive

1. Shrink partition and leave unallocated space for extending C: drive:

  • Right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  • Drag the end of the partition that is next to the C: drive and shrink it, leaving unallocated space next to the system C: drive, and click "OK".

2. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".

Extend System partition

To add space to the C: drive, drag the system partition end into the unallocated space.

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Confirm to extend system C drive

Click the "Execute Operation" button, it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to execute the changes and extend the C drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive

Windows 7 Built-in Free Partition Manager - Disk Management

As for most Windows 7 users, Disk Management is no longer a new partition manager tool. It's pre-installed in Windows 7 and users can apply it to manage partition for free. 

Pros:

  • Supports to resize partition, extend, shrink, and even merge partitions for free.
  • Supports to format, delete, create partitions for free.
  • Supports to convert the disk to MBR/GPT.

Cons: It cannot extend partition when the unallocated space is not behind the target partition.

For example, if you try to extend partition E by using the unallocated space before partition E, you will see a warning, which means that if you continue, the basic disk will be converted to dynamic disk.

So there must be unallocated space behind partition E if you want to extend partition E using the "Extend Volume" feature of Windows 7 built-in disk management. If there is no unallocated space behind partition E, EaseUS Partition Master can help.

Tutorial: Extend Windows 7 Partition with Unallocated Space using Disk Management

Step 1. Right-click My Computer and choose Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click on the partition that you want to extend, and choose "Extend Volume" to continue.

extend windows 7 partition

Step 3. Set and add more size to your target partition and click "Next" to continue. 

Extend Windows 7 partition with Disk Managenent.

Step 4. Click "Finish" to complete the process.

Besides extending partitions, you can also delete, shrink partition using Disk Management:

  • To delete partition: Right-click target partition and select "Delete Volume" > Follow the onscreen guideline to finish.
  • To shrink partition: Right-click target partition and select "Shrink Volume" > Follow onscreen guideline to finish.
  • To change partition drive letter: Right-click target partition and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths..." > Follow onscreen guideline to finish.

Windows 7 Free Partition Manager - Diskpart CMD

Diskpart is another built-in tool for Windows 7 users to apply and manage disk partition for free. However, it's not secure to apply the command line to execute partition management operations for beginners. Any false operation would cause serious result.

Pros:

  • Free to manage partition.
  • Supports to format partition, extend partition, delete, create partition for free.
  • Supports to convert disk to GPT/MBR, NTFS to FAT32.

Cons: 

  • Not for beginners.
  • Any false operation would cause serious results.
  • It also doesn't support to extend a partition if the unallocated space is not behind the target volume.

Tutorial: Extend Windows 7 Partition Volume using Diskpart CMD

Step 1. Press Windows + X keys and choose "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Step 2. Type diskpart and hit Enter.

Step 3. Type list volume and hit Enter.

Step 4. Type select volume x and hit Enter. In my case, the target drive is Volume 1.

Step 5. Type extend size =number and hit Enter.

extend c drive using cmd

If there is no adjoining unallocated space on the right side of the system drive partition, you'll receive an error message: There is not enough usable space for this operation. In this case, EaseUS Partition Master will be the best choice.

If you want to resolve other partition issues using Diskpart CMD, see also: Format Hard Drive using CMD, etc.

Conclusion

This page covers three reliable free partition manager for Windows 7 users to manage partition. If you prefer an advanced partition manager, EaseUS Partition Master is recommended.

Free Windows 7 Partition Manager FAQs

If you have other concerns and questions about Windows 7 partition manager, check the questions and answers below. You will find the desired answer.

1. How do I open partition manager in Windows 7?

  • If you choose to use Windows 7 Disk Management, right-click My Computer > choose Manage > click Disk Management to open it.
  • If you choose to use EaseUS Partition Master, install and launch EaseUS Partition Maser.
  • If you prefer to use Diskpart, type cmd in Search, right-click Command Prompt and select to Open as Administrator > Type diskpart and hit Enter.

2. How many partitions can Windows 7 have?

  • If your disk is with MBR style, you can have up to 3 primary partitions and one extended partition.
  • If your disk is with GPT disk, you can create and have unlimited partitions on your computer.

3. How do I see hidden partitions in Windows 7?

If you mistakenly hide partition on your computer, you have two ways to show the hidden partition in Windows 7/8/10: 1. Using Disk Management; 2. Using EaseUS Partition Master.

For a detailed guide, refer to Find Hidden Partition for help. 

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

"Partitioning tools have come a very long since the days of complicated command line utilities and EASEUS Partition Master is one of the most advanced programs available."TECH ADVISOR

"I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes."Lifewire

Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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