“I was extending an NTFS partition using GParted. When I tried to execute the operation, I received an error that the current NTFS volume size is bigger than the device size”.
The cause of the “volume size is bigger than the Device size”
GParted is a partition management tool to help you to resize, move, and copy partitions by booting from a media containing GParted Live file. But sometimes, when you use GParted to resize partition, especially when you shrink or extend NTFS partition, you may receive the error that the current NTFSvolumesizeis bigger than the device size.
The cause of the problem is a failure to update the Linux kernel when the partition table changed. Some old versions of GParted, like GParted 0.4.8, often have this issue when you try to resize partition with NTFS or Ext4 file system. Then, you can refer to the following content to learn how to fix it.
How to fix “Current NTFS volume size is bigger than the device size”?
There are 2 methods provided about how to fix “Current NTFS volume size is bigger than the device size”.
Solution 1: use the latest version of GParted.
Only some old versions of GParted will encounter this issue, so we believe the problem can be solved when you install the latest version, at least GParted 2.3 or later versions.
Solution 2: turn to a GParted alternative
Besides trying the latest GParted version, you can also find an alternative-AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It is a free yet powerful partition and disk management tool that helps you to well manage your NTFS partition.
Similarly, this GParted alternative tool allows you to create, resize, move, delete, copy and check disk partition. Moreover, it supports merging partition, creating partition directly from another existing partition, and formating partition to NTFS, FAT32, Ex2, Ex3, Ex4 file system.
On the other hand, unlike GParted, AOMEI Partition Assistant does not require you to create a bootable media and perform disk partition management under WinPE mode as long as you can boot into Windows as normal. If your PC has a boot problem, its “Make Bootable Media” feature allows you to create a bootable USB/CD to fix the problem and manage your partition.
Besides, it can work well on Windows operation systems, such as Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP. And its intuitive UI makes all the operations to be done in a few steps. Next, we will demonstrate to you how to use AOMEI Partition Assistant by taking “extend partition” as an example.
Step 1. Install and run the AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right-click on the partition you want to resize and choose “Resize Partition”.
Step 2. It will pop up a smaller window, and use the Mouse to drag the border rightward to edit the size of the NTFS partition. And you can also drag it leftward to shrink the partition. And click “OK”.
To extend the partition you selected, there has to be an unallocated space adjacent to the partition. if there isn’t, you can delete or shrink another partition to have unallocated space.
When you need to add unallocated space to another partition, but there is a partition sitting between them, you can move the partition by drag the partition box in the “Move and Resize Partition” window.
Step 3. And go back to the main interface, and click “Apply” > “Proceed” to execute the resizing operation.
Manage partitions via AOMEI Partition Assistant, you will not encounter the “current NTFS volume size is bigger than the device size” problem. And it can also assistant you resize volumes and partition of external storage device, like SD card, USB flash drive.
In addition, you can upgrade to Professional Edition to gain more advanced features, like converting NTFS to FAT32 without data loss, converting primary partition to the logical drive, converting disk between MBR and GPT, extend NTFS system partition without reboot, and split partition.