Disk Management is a very useful utility in managing hard drives. With this tool you can create new volume, extend volume, shrink volume, format volume, etc. However, this tool is also full of limitations, and will make you unable to shrink volume Windows 7. Below is a true example from answers.microsoft:
“I want to dual boot Windows 7 and 8 so I’m trying to use the Disk Management tool to partition my C: Drive. I have over 400 GB of free space on it, but when I right click/select “shrink”, it tells me that I have 0 MB available for shrinking. Why is that and how can I fix it?”
OK you can see this issue really exists, but do you know why?
Generally speaking, Windows Disk Management will NOT shrink any partition past the first immovable file it encounters. That is to say, if a file is right at the end of the partition, then Disk Management will show 0 MB available to shrink.
Knowing the reason, how can you cope with this problem if the same situation happens to you? Next. We will tell you the best solution.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is a powerful partition magic that can be used to shrink partition Windows 7. As a freeware, it does not only help to shrink partition, but also a number of other operations like convert file system without formatting, copy disk, recover partition, and more. Besides, it can be applied in Windows XP/Vista/8/10.
Here is how you can use Partition Wizard to help you if Disk Management can’t shrink volume in Windows 7.
Step 1: Download, install and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition in Windows 7. Then you will get the main interface, where you can have a browse of all your hard drives and the available operations.
Step 2: Click on the partition you want to shrink and select “Move/Resize Partition“. Here take partition F for example:
Step 3: In the pop-up window, drag the slider bar by following the directions marked in the following picture, this would help release some unallocated space. After that, click “OK” to continue.
Step 4: Now you can see a 11 GB unallocated space are released from partition F. if the free space of the partition your shrink is enough, you can create more partitions with the unallocated space. Finally, press “Apply” to make this change effective.
In this article we mainly talk about why Disk Management is unable to shrink volume Windows 7, and we put forward a way to help get you out of the trouble. If you think Partition Wizard deserves a trying, you can download it directly and carry out the operations explained here.