As of now it is a common belief that formatting is necessary to resize your hard disk partitions. You know, formatting the disks may be sometimes painful especially when you don’t have enough disk space or any other storage element to store the data of the partitions which are really useful for you. But don’t worry there is an ultimate way which lets you to resize your disks without formatting. The data available in these disks will not be erased at all. However this technique works well for updated versions of Windows such as Windows 7 and Windows Vista only.

How to resize in Windows 7 and Windows Vista?

To resize your disk partitions without formatting, follow the steps mentioned below :

  1. Go to start Windows 7 Start Button menu and right click on Computer and select Manage. Navigate to Disk Management located just below the Storage then the list of all disks will appear. You will need to shrink a volume first if there is no unallocated space but if you have any unallocated space you can use it to expand the particular volume.

    Computer Management Utility in Windows 7 - Showing the List of All Drives

    Computer Management Utility in Windows 7 - Showing the List of All Drives

  2. To shrink a volume, right-click on a volume then click on Shrink Volume, then adjust the space to create some unallocated space.
  3. After adjusting the space, click Shrink to decrease the size of the particular partition. You can now use that space to increase another partition size.
  4. To increase partition, right-click on the partition you want to increase then click on Extend Volume.

During the process, one thing must be remembered that unallocated space must be contiguous connecting space behind the volume you want to increase or it will not work out or the Extend Volume option will remain greyed out.

How to resize in Windows XP and older versions of Windows?

If you intend to do this in Windows XP or older versions of Windows, then you’ll need a partition freeware software called EaseUS Partition Master.


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