Resize NTFS Partition – Extend or Shrink in WindowsWhy Need to Resize NTFS Partition?From the day of starting to use your new computers on, as time goes by, an increasing number of data are stored on computer hard disk partitions, including applications, movies, pictures, documents, etc. though you have a computer with disks of large capacity, you are still under the risk of low disk problem. It is because some frequently used partitions on the hard drive is easily running out of space, such as system partition, for the default storage location of downloaded files and installing programs are always system C drive. Most users will keep default settings instead of specify a new location. Therefore, system partition losing free space is without question. While, other partitions are full of free space and some are even empty. In such situation, change partition size is the best solution for unbalanced free space allocation.How to Resize NTFS Partition?To change NTFS partition size, users need to shrink one or more other partitions to get some unallocated space, and extend C partition with the unallocated space. To do all these operations, Windows built in Disk Management, Diskpart and third party software AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you.Resize NTFS partition with Disk ManagementFirst, open Disk Management. Then, right click on the partition you want to shrink or extend and select “Shrink Volume” or “Extend Volume”. Then, follow the guidance.Note:
If you want to extend C Partition, there must be an unallocated space very behind it. Otherwise, it is infeasible.Resize NTFS file system partition with DiskpartFirstly, start diskpart. Then, successively type “list volume”, “select volume c” and “extend” to extend NTFS partition.Tip: Diskpart seems easy to use. Actually, it is not for non-professionals. The order for different operation is set. If one charter is wrong, it can’t carry out the operation.Resize NTFS partition with AOMEI Partition AssistantFirst of all, , install and launch it on your computer.Note: You’d better not install AOMEI Partition Assistant on the partitions you are going to operate with. If you do, computer may restart into
to execute those operations.Step1. In AOMEI Partition Assistant main interface, right click the NTFS partition you want to shrink or extend and choose “Resize Partition”.Tip:
If you want to take some free space from a data partition to extend c dirve, the partition very behind system partition is suggested for you can get an unallocated space right behind system c drive from it.Step2. Then, you will enter Move and Resize Partition Wizard. In this wizard, you can either extend ntfs partition or shrink ntfs partition. Just follow it and choose what you need.Comparison and ConclusionAll three methods can help you resize NTFS partition. However, as said above, both disk management and diskpart have limitation. Yet, AOMEI Partition Assistant breaks their limitations and supports Windows 7, 8, 8.1 as well as Windows 10. Thus, if you cannot solve your problem with Windows snap in tools, AOMEI Partition Assistant is suggested for you.Tip: There are several other features which can also resize NTFS file system partition.