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How to Shrink Partition in Windows 8?

Updated on Mar 16, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

This page tells how to resize partition such as to shrink or extend partition in Windows 8/10 with a free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master Free. You can find free solutions to better manage your disk partition in Windows system on your own now.

How to shrink, extend or resize Windows 8 partition?

Since Windows 8 was released, this operating system became the topic users are most concerned about. Although Windows 8 is superior to previous operating systems in many aspects, it has no significant change in disk management compared with Windows 7.

Users have also limited in Windows 8 disk management operations. For example, Windows 8 built-in disk management tool has Shrink Volume and Extend Volume function, but it can only shrink partition forward instead of backward. If users want to manage Windows 8 partition comprehensively, they also need the third-party partition manager.

Method 1. Shrink Windows 8 partition with Disk Management 

Windows 8 partition resize allows you to shrink hard drive partitions under Windows 8 OS. This article will show you how to shrink Windows 8 partition.

Windows 8 built-in Disk Management has the ability to shrink volume and extend volume.

1. Just right click on "My Computer", choose "Manage", and you will get a popup window, choose "Disk Management" in the left navigation bar.

And then, your hard disk condition will show as follow.

Windows 8 Built-in Disk Manager

2. Then you need to right click on the partition which you want to shrink and choose "Shrink Volume".

Then the Windows 8 partition shrink is done.

Shrink Windows 8 with disk management.

Although there is some improvement of Disk Management Tool in Windows 8, it still has many limitations in partition management. So the third-party partition magic is needed. Unfortunately, so many apps cannot run under it currently and there are few partition managers that can be used to manage Windows 8 partition.

But one partition manager has perfect compatibility with Windows 8 and can run successfully under Windows 8. Besides, it also has powerful functions like shrink partition, extends partition, moves partition and creates a partition, etc . in Windows 8. What's more important is that, during the process, partition data files will not be influenced. Users need not worry about data loss when using EaseUS Partition Master. 

Method 2. Shrink Windows 8 partition with free partition manager?

Then how to deal with the Windows 8 partition advanced management? Here is a solution for this with EaseUS free partition manager.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Offering a simple and convenient way to manage your partitions, EaseUS Partition Master runs well on Windows 8. Follow tips below to see how to shrink your partition in Windows 8 now:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, find and right-click on the volume partition such as C: drive, selecting Resize/move partition;

Shrink C drive when Windows can't shrink volume.

Step 2. Drag the partition right handle leftward so to shrink C drive and leave unallocated space for other usage;
Step 3. Click Apply to confirm all operations.

Fix can't shrink volume error in Windows 10/8/7.

The video tutorial to shrink partition on windows 8

What can EaseUS Partition Master do (compare with Disk Management Tool under Windows 8)?

Please refer to the comparison table below. It lists the main differences between EaseUS Partition Master and Disk Management Tool. You may check more detailed features of EaseUS Partition Master. 

Features EaseUS Partition Master Windows 8 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
GPT disk Support Support