- Resizing a partition in Windows 10 is an essential task in these environments
- Computers have space to run two operating systems, but you have to help
- Freeing partitions is one of the simplest ways to set dual boot there
- What are the steps to follow to partition your disks with each tool?
Partitions are an essential aspect of managing hard drive space on our computers. Regardless of why you want to do it in each circumstance, It is very important that you know how to change the size of a partition in Windows 10 step by step, just what we are going to analyze now.
Why resize a partition?
Of course, the first thing is that you are probably wondering why change the size of a share. There are some possible answers, as we said, but one of the main ones is that you want to configure dual boot on your computer, for example so that the Windows and Ubuntu operating systems coexist.
In that example, you will need to limit Windows to one partition or several leaving one free for Ubuntu. Eventually, you may have already installed the Linux distribution and want to add it to Windows.
Beyond these assumptions, and many others that could arise, we believe that those who do not have much experience with Windows partitions could have problems managing them, so let’s review what are the basic steps to follow to get partitions free and ready to use.
Disk partition in Windows 10
- Open the Start menu and search for Disk Management
- Go to Create and format hard drive partitions
- Click on the partition in question, and then on Shrink or Extend
- Windows 10 includes a Disk Management section to reduce and expand extensions
This Shrink and Expand Extensions Disk Management works without a hitch, and you won’t need anything else for the basic stuff, with the good news that It is also available on Windows 7/11.
How to start Disk Management Utility
The easy way to start Disk Management Utility is through the Start menuas you have noticed. Just open the Start menu, search for Disk Management, go to Create and format partitions.
On the other hand, you can access the Disk Management Utility through the Power User Menu, pressing Win + X and then the K key to open itif you want to do it using keyboard shortcuts.
How to shrink a partition using disk management
On the Disk Management screen, right-click the partition you want to shrink and select Extend Volume from the menu indicating, if desired, the amount by which you wish to reduce the size of the partition. It is essential to clarify that you do not indicate the amount that you will have, but the amount by which you want to reduce the space.
Press Next when you are satisfied, and wait for the partition to shrink as indicated
If you have a 50 GB drive and you want a 40 GB drive left, then you have to write 10 GB. Make sure that space is free otherwise a message will report that there is some error.
How to expand a partition using disk management
On the Disk Management screen, right-click the partition you want to shrink and select Extend Volume from the menu indicating, if desired, the amount by which you wish to increase the size of the partition. Press Next when you are satisfied, and remember that this only works with space contiguous to the unit.
Otherwise, you cannot extend a partition to non-continuous space without using a dynamic disk. These dynamic disks They can be useful for file storage, but they are not recommended for other purposes, such as installing an operating system.so avoid them if you can.
And how to resize a partition when installing Windows?
Finally, keep in mind that you can manage partitions at the same time you install Windows. As long as you know that you are going to need a partition, it is convenient that you solve it when installing Windows.
You can perform any of the common partition operations such as create, shrink, or expand them directly when you are installing Windows, but be careful not to format a drive that contains files, because in that case you will lose Windows and have to install it again..
Looking for more complete features? Try third-party programs, such as Partition Magic.