What are the unmovable files?
Unmovable files refer to the data generated by Windows that cannot be automatically
moved by Windows built-in tool Disk Management, such as Hibernation, Pagefile and
System protection. You cannot see these files in File Explorer, because they are
hidden by default. Therefore, when you try to shrink a volume with unmovable files,Disk Management in
Windows 10 gives you a really small space to shrink or even none. To fix
this problem, you can manually disable Hibernation, Pagefile and System protection
files, or use third party partition software that can automatically move the
Manually disable the unmovable files
As the tip given that you cannot shrink a volume beyond the point where any unmovable
files are located, you need to manually remove the unmovable files. First of all,
you need to show hidden files, so you can view these unmovable files. The easy and
universal way for Windows 7/8/10 is via Windows’ search. Search “show hidden files
and folders” and open it to uncheck Hide protected operating system files
(Recommended) and check Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
To work this around, you need to disable the system files as many as you can at this
Second, disable System Protection and run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment. You can
easily find them from the Windows search box.
Third, run the command “powercfg /hibernate off “from a command prompt to disable
Fourth, disable the kernel memory dump. Go to Advanced Settings/ Startup and Recovery
/Settings, and then change the drop down menu under Write debugging information to
Fifth, disable page files in Control Panel\System and Security\System\Advanced system
settings\Settings under Performance\Advanced\Change, and delete c:\pagefile.sys
files in File Explorer.
After that, you should be able to shrink your partition with a larger amount of
Directly shrink partition with unmovable files
AOMEI Partition Assistant
Standard is a freeware for Windows 10/8/7 that can easily shrink a volume or
partition beyond the point where the unmovable files are located without the need to
manually disable the unmovable files. Let’s see how conveniently it can be done with
AOMEI Partition Assistant.
1. Download, install and launch this free partition
2. Right-click on the partition or volume to be shrunk and select Resize
3. In the next screen, drag the slider leftwards to shrink the partition.
4. Click OK to preview the partition layout. If no problem, clickApply to run the operation.
After you shrink volume with unmovable files, you will get an unallocated space.
AOMEI Partition Assistant provides a feature Merge
Partitions that you can add the unallocated space to any partition
contiguous or not on the same disk. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be used
to convert MBR to GPT disk without data
loss, create bootable media, boot Windows 8/10 from USB drive, convert
dynamic disk to basic disk without affecting OS, and many more.