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Windows 7 is the Windows OS of Microsoft. Are you planning to install Windows 7 now or just migrate to Windows 7 for a dual-boot system? Have you prepared a free partition manager in your toolkit for better Windows 7 administration? Say, create a new partition to install Windows 7, or extend the full system partition for a smooth Windows 7 running of, etc. By the way, you may also make a Windows 7 dual boot with Windows XP or Vista.
There is no obvious improvement of Disk Management Tool in Windows 7 and it is same as Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 with so many limitations in disk management. (Please refer to the comparison table below)
So some advanced partition management in Windows 7 is still unavailable when you find your system partition is out of space which will be in red as below:
In this condition, people have to seek best partition manager software for Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit and Windows 8. EaseUS Partition Master, a comprehensive free hard disk partition manager and system optimization software for Windows-based administration, works well with Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit.
|Features||EaseUS Partition Master||Windows 7 Disk Management|
|Resize dynamic volume|
|Copy dynamic volume, copy disk/partition|
|Extend NTFS system partition without reboot|
|Create, delete, format, change drive letter, set active|
|Hide, label, check partitions|
|delete all partitions|
|Create WinPE bootable disk|
|Support GPT disk|
So that's the main differences between EaseUS Partition Master and Disk Management Tool in Windows 7. You may check more detailed features of EaseUS Partition Master.
As a matter of fact, the only disadvantage of Disk Management Tool in Windows 7 or other Windows systems is that it can not resize the partition. That's the main reason why the partition software for Windows 7 exists. The following part will give you a demonstration of how to resize partition under Windows 7.
Here are two solutions for this with EaseUS free partition manager.
Windows 7 Partition Management Solution 1
Offering a simple and convenient way to manage your partitions, EaseUS Partition Master runs well on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Say, it enables you to extend the system partition, Create, Delete, Resize/Move, Copy, Merge, Split or Format partition.
1. Download this free partition manager and install it. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.
As the picture showed below, there is no enough unallocated space to extend the system partition. So first, you have to decrease one of partitions to gain the unallocated space.
2. Select partition E:, and decrease it by clicking "Resize/Move partition" and then move it to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition.
3. Then select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition" to extend the C: drive.
4. Click Apply.
For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.
Windows 7 Partition Management Solution 2
The other safe way for managing Windows 7 Partition is to make a bootable CD of partition software. Some partition software like EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition and its higher editions can create WinPE bootable disk for users to perform advanced partition management before Windows 7 starts.
You may check the tutorial How to manage partitions before Windows 7 starts.
Besides partition manager features, EaseUS Partition Master also provides some other features like Partition Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost partitions, Copy disk & partition wizard to upgrade or backup disk.
Note: You can dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 with the help of EaseUS Partition Master Free.
There is a shining point of EaseUS Partition Master: Though the Professional and Server Edition are both single license, if your computer has virtual system, they can be installed in all virtual system as well. That's really cool. And the following articles with hyperlink show you how to resize partition under different Windows systems: