NTFS, an acronym for New Technology File System, is the standard file system applied by the Windows NT operating system in 1993. Being superior to the FAT file system in performance, extendibility, and reliability, NTFS is the primarily used file system in Microsoft’s Windows Server line as well as Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT operating systems.
Since NTFS is widely used in Windows, there is always a need to resize NTFS partition. Today we are going to discuss how to resize NTFS partition.
Method 1: Resize NTFS partition with Disk Management
Windows built-in Disk Management utility is a tool helps to resize NFTS partitions. But remember there are restrictions in using Disk Management. If you want to extend a primary NTFS partition, there must be a continuous adjacent unallocated space on the right side. If you want to extend a logical NTFS partition, there must be a continuous adjacent free space on the right side.
Right click on “My Computer” and select “Manage”, In the Computer Management pane click “Disk Management”. Then you can see the details of all available partitions and disk drives in the right side. Click the partition you want to resize and choose “Extend Volume” or “Shrink Volume”.
However, without unallocated space or free space, extending NTFS partition is impracticable. So we are going to tell you another feasible way.
Method 2: MiniTool Partition Wizard helps resize NTFS partition safely
Free MiniTool Partition Wizard can resize both NTFS and FAT32 partitions and can guarantee the data security at the same time. The operations can be realized through a few clicks. Here, we will show you the process of extending NTFS partition.
Step1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and launch it. In the main interface, you can see all your local disk information. Then choose a partition that is NTFS.
Step2. If you want to expand a NTFS partition, you can click it and select “Extend Partition“. Choose which partition you want to take free space from and how much free space you want to take. Then click “OK“.
But if you want to shrink a NTFS partition, you can choose “Move/Resize Partition“. Then you can drag the slider bar to take some free space out. Click “OK” to go on.
Step3. Back to the main interface and Press “Apply” to confirm all changes.
To sum up, resizing NTFS partition with free MiniTool Partition Wizard is more flexible than using Windows Disk Management. Since both utility are free to get, why not try the better one? After all, this software has visual interface and is generated with many useful features which can help you safely manage partitions and disks. So stop hesitating! Now try MiniTool Partition Wizard it to resize NTFS partition.