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If you use multiple partitions on your hard drive, you may want to shrink or extend one of them – after realizing you want more space on another one of the partitions. This guide will show you how to shrink or extend a partition on your hard drive.

1. Right click on Computer and then click Manage.

Shrink a partition with Vista

2. The Computer Management Console will show.

Shrink a partition with Vista

3. In the left pane, click Storage and then Disk Management. Then the next screen is shown (on the right pane).

Shrink a partition with Vista

4. Now you see all your partitions which you have created. To shrink a partition, simply right click on the partition and choose Shrink Volume.

Shrink a partition with Vista

5. The next screen is then shown.

Shrink a partition with Vista

6. Here you can enter the amount of space to shrink in MB.

If you would like to extend a partition, you will need to make sure there is empty space available behind the partition. Then go back to step 4 and instead select Extend Volume.



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17 thoughts on “Shrink/Extend a Partition on Your Hard Drive with Vista”

  1. Mary says:

    I didn’t know you can do this and this is a cool feature. LOVE VISTA and I dont care what people say about it

  2. Mary says:

    I didn’t know you can do this and this is a cool feature. LOVE VISTA and I dont care what people say about it

  3. Mary says:

    I didn’t know you can do this and this is a cool feature. LOVE VISTA and I dont care what people say about it

  4. Cool says:

    just wot i need

  5. Cool says:

    just wot i need

  6. Cool says:

    just wot i need

  7. lol says:

    lol mary, this has been around forever. not just a vista thing. n00bs.

  8. lol says:

    lol mary, this has been around forever. not just a vista thing. n00bs.

  9. lol says:

    lol mary, this has been around forever. not just a vista thing. n00bs.

  10. simon says:

    Hi

    I dont know why I cant extend the drive its light grey, and only shrink can be changed.any ideas

    Thanks

  11. simon says:

    Hi

    I dont know why I cant extend the drive its light grey, and only shrink can be changed.any ideas

    Thanks

    1. Rich says:

      Are you sure there’s space after the drive to extend into?

  12. simon says:

    Hi

    I dont know why I cant extend the drive its light grey, and only shrink can be changed.any ideas

    Thanks

    1. Rich says:

      Are you sure there’s space after the drive to extend into?

  13. Rich says:

    Are you sure there’s space after the drive to extend into?

  14. EASEUS Partition Master Home E says:

    […] the past, I#8217ve recommended splitting your drive into partitions so the if you need to reinstall your operating system, you will not lose personal data. Other […]

  15. Alljoe07 says:

    it worked. I have been tormented for years by a lack of space on my C drive with 3 other partitions that had about 50 GB free. I just emptied my D drive and merger it to the C drive and it increased my C drive from 30 GB to 60 GB. Thanks a Terabyte!

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