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microsoftThere are a lot of ways to resize or create partitions in your hard disk. Some of them require you to buy some good but expensive software, other ones require you to know some programming and tweak the hard disk by gaining access to DOS. One of them anyway lets you do it by simply knowing your Windows Vista a little better and taking advantage of some of its features that are still unknown to lots of people! As a matter of fact Windows Vista has got, among its features, a nice partition resizer which is quite easy to use and doesn’t cost you a thing! But let’s see together how to play with your hard disk safely with a very simple trick:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Right click on Computer and click Manage.
  3. If User Account Control dialog pop-ups just Continue.
  4. In the left pane click Storage and Disk Management.
  5. At this point you should see all the partitions available on your hard disk. Usually C: is reserved for your operating system while the others, if any, are used for your private back-ups.
  6. On the bottom pane, the one which is stretched horizontally, you can see a bar divided into segments on the base of how many partitions you have. Each segment, marked with a word, represents a partition and is big depending on how much space the partition itself takes on the hard disk.
  7. Right click on one of these segments.
  8. Click on Extend Volume or Shrink Volume to extend or shrink the selected partition.
  9. Keep in mind that before extending a partition size you need to have or create space for it. To do that it is just sufficient to shrink another partition to create the space you need.

Edit: here is another way to modify the partitions in your hard disk.

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4 Comments to “How to resize partitions on Windows Vista”

  1. online pokies Says:

    I am having the problem that I can shrink one volume but cant expand that onto my C Drive. Any ideas?

  2. Web Talk Says:

    maybe it is your page file which is huge to say the least. Try to delete it or just give it a fixed size. To find it:

    Control panel- system – advanced system settings
    Now click on the advanced tab – under Performance click Settings – Advanced – Change…
    Now manage the page file. In my pc I allocated the page file under another partition and i formatted it as Fat32. In fact, Fat32 is not compressed so it is supposed to be faster than a NTFS.

    if you want to know what a page file is:

    Basically, if your RAM is totally used by your processes at this point Windows will start using the page file which is a kind of virtual memory. Of course if it is not compressed it will be faster because the system to use it wont have to de-compress it.

  3. Roena King Says:

    Roena here again,

    I forgot to ask…..”What is a page file? How do I find it? What is the shadow copy storage area? Where do I find it? How do I delete the page file (there is that what is it question again).



  4. Roena King Says:

    I am trying to resize the “C” Volume. I have 216 GB free space per properties on the C Drive. When I go to the “shrink the volume” this is what is showing up.
    *Total size before shrink in MB = 294135
    *Size of available shrink space = 76315
    *Enter amount to shrink = (76315 is already put in)
    * Total size after shrink in MB = 217820
    (((If i change the amount I want to shrink to even 1 above the 73615 already put in to 73616….the Total size after shrink goes to “0”)

    Note below these figures states “Size of available shrink space can be restricted if snapshots or page files are enabled on the volume”.

    On the Vista Help “Shrink a Basic Volume” instructions it states ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS…..”When you shrink a partition, unmobable files (for example, the page file or the shadow copy storage area) are not automatically relocated and you can not decrease the allocated space beyond the point where the unmovable files are located. If you need to shrink the partition further, see move the page file to another disk, delete the stored shadow copies, shrink the volume, and then move the page file back to the disk.


    My computer has a “C” partition with 217 GB free of 287GB, and a “D” recovery partition with 10.8 GB. I WANT TO CREATE A NEW PARTITION WITH 150 GB.

    Can anyone help?



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