[FIXED] Shrink Volume With Unmovable Files on Windows

Disk Management in Windows 11/10/8/7 cannot shrink volume with unmovable files at the end of the volume, or it only gives you a small amount of space to shrink. You can find some useful methods from here.


By Dervish / Updated on June 17, 2024

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Unmovable files refer to Windows-generated data that cannot be automatically moved by Windows built-in tool Disk Management, such as Hibernation, Page file, 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, Windows 10 Disk Management gives you a tiny space to shrink or even none. To shrink a volume with unmovable files, you can manually disable Hibernation, Page file, and System protection files, or use third-party partition software that automatically moves the unmovable files.

Follow this tutorial and we will provide two efficient ways to fix that you cannot shrink a volume beyond the point where any unmovable files are located.


Directly Shrink Partition with Unmovable Files

To shrink partitions with unmovable files quickly and safely, try AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, a freeware for Windows 11/10/8/7 that can easily shrink a volume or shrink partition unmovable files through the Resize Partition function. It is a complete replacement for Windows Disk Management and has been algorithmically engineered to overcome the limitations of Microsoft's technology.

The graphical user interface is suitable for any user, even beginners in time, and it can also be successfully operated.

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Tip: After shrinking the volume with unmovable files, you can use Allocate Free Space to add unallocated space to extend the C drive after switching to Pro Edition

Step 1. Install and launch this free partition manager software.

Step 2. Right-click on the partition or volume to be shrunk and select Resize/Move Partition.

Resize Partition

Step 3. In the next screen, drag the slider leftwards to shrink the partition.

Drag To The Left Shrink

Step 4. Click OK to preview the partition layout. If no problem, click Apply to run the operation.

Proceed Resize Shrink

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition can better manage and optimize your disk partitions to extend the life and performance of your computer. Of course, if you are familiar with Windows operations, you can also find unmovable files in Windows 11/10 and use Windows shrink partition unmovable files.

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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 7/8/10/11 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.

Follow the steps to fix Windows 10/11 cannot shrink volume unmovable files:

Step 1. You need to disable the system files as many as you can at this very moment.

Step 2. Disable System Protection and run Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment. You can easily find them from the Windows search box.

Step 3. Run the command "powercfg /hibernate off" from a command prompt to disable hibernation.

Step 4. 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 "None".

Step 5. 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.

Disable Pagefiles

After that, you should be able to shrink your partition with a larger amount of space.


This is the whole process of shrinking volume with unmovable files. If you can't shrink volume because of unmovable files, use the first or the second method. But if it is for convenience, AOMEI Partition Assistant must be your first choice. If you are running Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, and 2003, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.