GPT is the abbreviation of GUID Partition Table. As MBR partitioning scheme can’t catch up with the rapid development of newer hard drive, Intel therefore developed a new partition-table format, which is now called GPT. GPT forms a subset of the UEFI specification.
GPT disk can bring Windows users more convenience. But at the same time, users may be troubled by some new problems. For instance, it is not easy to resize GPT partition under Windows Disk Management, even though it offers two feature – Shrink Volume and Extend Volume – to resize partition.
If you are familiar with these functions, you should know there are many defects in Disk Management. Example: these 2 functions only work to NTFS partition and RAW partition. In addition, more limitations are found in Disk Management, such as adjacent unallocated space is required when you extend GPT partition. Other features are also not satisfying: convert NFTS to FAT32 will lead to data loss, convert GPT to MBR will lead to data loss, and so on…
Check this article to find out why Extend Volume grey out in Disk Management.
In order to help users resize GPT partition easily and safely, we would like to introduce a piece of professional partition magic to help resize GPT partition, and this software is called MiniTool Partition Wizard.
MiniTool Partition Wizard offers free edition for users who want to resize GPT partition in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. By using this partition magic, you can easily and safely resize GPT partition without considering whether there is unallocated space, or the location of the unallocated space. Next, we will talk about how to resize GPT partition. Take extending GPT partition E: for example.
Pease visit the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/ to download free edition to computer at first. After installation, run it to get into the main interface.
See how MiniTool Partition Wizard helps to resize GPT partition:
There are two cases you should consider: if there is some unallocated space following the GPT partition to be extended, you can select “Move/Resize Partition” to drag the slider to occupy the unallocated space. Then press “Apply“. Please refer to the following picture:
Tip: if you want to shrink GPT partition, drag the slider leftwards to do this.
The second situation you should consider is that there is no unallocated space on GPT disk to cover. In this case, please don’t worry because MiniTool Partition Wizard offers another solution which is called “Extend Partition“. In fact, no matter there is unallocated space or not, “Extend Partition” can be the choice. You just choose which partition to take free space from and then apply the change.
Now you know how to use professional yet free GPT partition manager – MiniTool Partition Wizard to resize GPT partition successfully and completely. In fact, MiniTool Partition Wizard not only helps to resize GPT partition, but also helps to convert GPT disk to MBR without data loss, Why not download this freeware to have a try?