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How to Reduce Partition Size with Free Hard Disk Drive Partition Manager

Updated on Dec 12, 2018 by Daisy to Partition Master

Summary:
Reduce partition size with free hard disk drive partition manager. EaseUS Partition Master can change disk partition size under Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7/8 (32/64 bit).

Why you need to reduce the disk partition size

Following is two situations to reduce partition size:

Reduce partition size and create a new partition for data storage or installing the second Operating System:

"I want to install Linux on my laptop, the HD of 80GB is set up as a single partition for Windows XP. How to reduce partition size of Windows XP and add a second partition for use by Linux."

Reduce partition size and increase size for another partition:

"The system partition is out of space, and I want to reduce partition D size and extend C drive. how to do it?"

When you encounter these problems to reduce your partition size, you will look for a solution in website and forum. Now you don't take much more time to look for an answer. This article will let you know how to reduce partition size.

Reduce partition size with Disk Management

Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7 built-in Disk Management can reduce partition size by its "Shrink Volume" feature. However, if you want to extend the partition after reducing partition size, there must be some unallocated space behind the partition which you want to extend. Otherwise, you cannot extend partition with unallocated space, because Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7 built-in Disk Management cannot move partition and let the unallocated space behind the partition which you want to extend. So the third partition manager software is required.

Partition manager software to reduce disk partition size

As partition manager software, EaseUS Partition Master can extend partition size and reduce partition size safely with simple operations by its "Resize/Move partition" feature. Besides "Resize/Move partition" feature, EaseUS Partition Master also provides copy partition, copy disk, copy dynamic volume, convert partition, split partition, merge partitions, Convert dynamic disk to basic disk, and partition recovery, etc. to manage your disk partitions more easily and safely. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can extend NTFS system partition without reboot.

How to reduce partition size with a free hard drive partition manager

As a free hard disk/partition manager, EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition can easily reduce partition size by its "Resize/Move partition" feature for all Windows users.

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 Windows 10 is supported

The following is a step-by-step instruction to reduce partition size with EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition. (Before you reduce the size of your partition, we strongly recommend you back up data with free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free or tools built-in Operating System.)

 

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master

On the main window, right-click on the partition that you want to shrink and select "Resize/Move".

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Step 2: Adjust partition size

To shrink a partition, use your mouse to drag one of its ends to shrink partition space.

Adjust partition size

You can also adjust the partition size box to shrink the target partition.
Click "OK" to continue.

Confirm to decrease partition

Step 3: Shrink partition

Click the "Execute Operation" button and "Apply" to keep all changes.

Keep changes