With the Disk Management tool present in Windows 7 you can accomplish most of your hard disk partition related tasks such as create, attach and detach VHD easily. It’s much powerful than the XP Disk Management tool.

 shrink or extend partition

Few weeks back, we had covered how to formant a drive in Windows 7 and also how to create a new partition in Windows 7. This time, we will show you how to shrink and extend a partition in Windows 7 without using third-party partition tools.

Note: Please backup your crucial data before starting the procedure.



Here is how to shrink a volume in Windows 7:

1. Open Windows disk management by typing diskmgmt.msc in Start menu search box and hitting enter.

Windows 7 disk management

2. Now right-click on the volume that you want to shrink and select Shrink Volume option.

shrink volume

3. Enter the amount of disk space to shrink in MB.

Shrink volume step one

4. Click shrink button to start shrinking the volume.

5. You are done.

If you want to extend a volume by adding space from one or more additional disks, you can use Extend Volume feature present in disk management.

How to extend a volume in Windows 7:

1. Again, open disk management by typing either disk management or diskmgmt.msc in start menu search box and hitting enter.

2. Right-click on the volume that you want to extend and select Extend Volume option to open extend volume wizard. Click next to continue.

extend volume

extend volume wizard step one

3. Enter the amount of disk space that you want to add the current partition from available free space.

extend volume wizard

4. Click next to start extending your partition size.

5. Done.

Cool isn’t that interesting and easy too.So please try that out and dont forget to leave a comment if you liked it.