If partition bar in Windows 7 goes red, or you want to increase a partition so as to save more files, enlarging partition size is necessary for you.
Extending partition can help users to solve the above problem safely. But how? Usually, users may go ahead to Windows Disk Management utility to get help. To be honest, if there is unallocated space/free space located on the adjacent right side of the partition to be extended, Disk Management Windows 7 helps. If not, you had better ask third-party partition manager for help.
How to Extend Partition Windows 7 Flexibly
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At this time, partition magic alternative – MiniTool Partition Wizard can be the best choice for users to enlarge partition in Windows 7/8/10. A series of simple operations in MiniTool Partition Wizard could realize expanding partition without losing data, no matter whether there is unallocated space or not.
Tip: if you are extending the non-system partition, download the free edition; to extend system partition, get the Pro Edition to create a bootable media and then make the extension in WinPE.
How to achieve extending partition in Windows 7 with this partition manager? The steps are as follows:
Step 1. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to get the main interface and choose the target partition which needs extending. Let’s take partition C: for example.
Usually, users can extend a partition by using “Move/Resize Partition” feature if there is adjacent unallocated space and “Extend Partition” feature if no adjacent unallocated space is found. In our example, you see, it is better to employ the “Extend Partition” feature.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, drop down the list of “Take Free Space from”, choose a partition or an unallocated space to take free space and drag the sliding button leftwards or rightwards to decide how much space to take; after that, click “OK” to go back to the main interface.
Step 3. Back to the main interface, you can preview the changes to your drives. See! C drive will be enlarged and D drive is getting smaller. If you are satisfied, click “Apply” to keep all of the changes to the computer. When you are prompted with “apply pending changes” in the popup dialog, just click “Yes” to confirm.
Tip: you can also make use of the “Move/Resize Partition” feature to shrink the D drive, making some unallocated space at the beginning. Then select C drive and use “Move/Resize Partition” feature again to cover the unallocated space. Read The Most Reliable Way to Extend Windows 7 System Partition
to get the details.
Reading here, users may want to extend partition in Windows 7 via the third-party tool – MiniTool Partition Wizard. In fact, in addition to resizing partition Windows 7, this partition manager is full-featured in configuration hard drive. Get one and have a try!