A partition on the hard drive is like clapboard in system, programs and personal files. System and software will run well if the hard drive has only one partition, normally C: partition. A well-partitioned hard drive helps us more on data management. After purchasing a PC, you will find it is partitioned to three volumes C, D, E in general. However, the system drive C usually is not enough to hold all your users data and programs, then it is when you will need Diskpart to resize partition.
Surely, resizing includes shrinking and extending two aspects. When one of the partitions is too big, you can use Diskpart to shrink partition to make full use of it in Windows 7/10/XP, create another new partition for instance. Other than resizing partition on hard drive, the partition on USB flash drive may also need to be changed. Anyway, you may have other reasons to resize hard drive partition. Now follow this article to learn how to change partition size in three ways.
Resize NTFS partition via Diskpart in Windows 7, 8,10
Diskpart is one of the built-in partition tools in Windows, which is an embedded product that needs to be used under Command Prompt. It is able to resize NTFS partitions. Now, we will show you how to extend a NTFS partition and there must be one adjacent unallocated space on its right side. Press Windows key + R key at the same time to start Run box.
Type cmd and press Enter key to start Command Prompt.
▶Input Diskpart.exe and press Enter.
▶Input list volume and press Enter.
▶Input select volume x (x is the volume number you want to extend) and press Enter.
▶Input extend size=10240 (size stands for the capacity you will extend by and the unit is MB) and press Enter.
▶Input exit and press Enter.
In most instances, Diskpart will extend the volume successfully. Nevertheless, it will encounter errors like “extend volume may not be extended” when there are unmovable files in the volume. In addition, Diskpart won’t allow you to resize system partition as well as FAT-based volume. As a result, when you want to extend partition in Windows XP or resize system volume, it is better to ask powerful third party partitioning software, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional for example.
Use Diskpart alternative to resize partition in Windows 7
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional provides partassist.exe utility for its users to partition hard drive from Command Prompt. You can operate it as using Dikspart yet get more advanced features. In detail, this tool supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP and Windows Vista. Also, it allows you to resize system partition and FAT/FAT32/FAT16/NTFS-based volumes. More importantly, it will reallocate the unmovable files without damaging them in order to resize the volume. Download it freely to have a try.
Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant. Repeat the same steps to start Command Prompt.
To sum up, partassist in AOMEI Partition Assistant does offer much more advanced functions than Diskpart on resizing partition in Windows 7/10/XP. This alternative to Diskpart actually has graphical user-interface as well. So for those users who aren’t get used to command prompt operations, this user-friendly interface saves much troubles.
Extend OS partition with the graphical interface of AOMEI Partition Assistant
AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is able to merge a partition with unallocated space no matter whether they are adjacent or not via the “Merge Partitions” feature.
Step 1. Perform the software. Right-click the partition and choose the “Advanced” > “Merge Partitions” in turn.
Step 2. Check the unallocated space you want to add into the C drive and click "OK".
Step 3. Preview the virtual result and click"Apply".
Tip: It will complete the task after reboot.
Words in the end, there are many methods to achieve the goal and all you need to do is to choose the most convenient one. Diskpart does have the function of resizing partitions, but if you need more advanced features, AOMEI Partition Assistant is the best choice. From the last three screenshots, you may find this software can perform many other operations. For example, you can realize BYOD by installing Windows 10 on the external hard drive. Besides, it is considered to create one bootable media just in case.