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How to resize partition under Windows 8/8.1?

Overview:

1. Can Partition Magic resize Windows 8/8.1 partition?
2. Can Windows 8 built-in Disk Management resize Windows 8 partition?
3. EaseUS Partition Master VS Disk Management Built-in Windows 8
4. How to resize Windows 8 partition with EaseUS Partition Master?

Windows 8 partition resize allows you to resize hard drive partitions under Windows 8 32 bit and 64 bit OS. This article will show you how to resize Windows 8 partition. Three methods you can apply to resize Windows 8 partition: Partition Magic, disk management and partition management software.

1. Can Partition Magic resize Windows 8 partition?

Partition Magic is a software utility for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the Power Quest Corporation but owned by Symantec in 2003.The software runs on Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP (Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008. But Windows 8 is not supported by Norton Partition Magic), or can not be boot from a bootable CD/DVD. Partition Magic has the capability of resizing, creating different drives (partitions) and other modifications to hard disk drives without losing any information on the hard disk drive.

You may still use Partition Magic under Windows 8. But it is so unstable that you will have great chance to encounter problems or system crash when resizing Windows 8 partition.

2. Can Windows 8 built-in Disk Management resize Windows 8 partition?

Yes! Windows 8 built-in Disk Management has the ability to shrink volume and extend volume.

Step1. Right click on "My Computer", choose "Manage", and you will get a popup window, choose "Disk Management" in left navigation bar. And then, your hard disk condition will show as follow.

Windows 8 Built-in Disk Manager

Step 2. Right click on the partition which you want to shrink, and choose "Shrink Volume", then type a number how much disk space you want to free up.

Step 3. Right click the partition that you want to extend, choose "Extend Volume", and type the number of that unallocated space. Then the Windows 8 partition resize is done.

Although there is some improvement of Disk Management Tool in Windows 8, but it still has many limitations in partition management. (Please refer to the comparison table below). Because some advanced partition management in Windows 8 is still unavailable when you find your system partition is out of space which will be in red as below:

Windows 8 low disk space

In this condition, people have to seek best partition manager software for Windows 8. EaseUS Partition Master, a comprehensive free hard disk partition manager and system optimization software for Windows-based administration, works well with Windows 8.

EaseUS Partition Master VS Disk Management Built-in Windows 8

Features EaseUS Partition Master Windows 8 Disk Management
Merge partition Support Not support
Move partition Support Not support
Resize dynamic volume Support Support
copy dynamic volume, copy disk/partition Support Not support
Extend NTFS system partition without reboot Support Support
Create, delete, format, change drive letter, set active Support Support
Extend/shrink FAT Support Not support
Extend/shrink NTFS Support Support
Partition Recovery Support Not support
Hide, label, check partitions Support Not support
delete all partitions Support Not support
partition scheme Support Not support
Create WinPE bootable disk Support Not support
Support GPT disk Support Support

So that's the main differences between EaseUS Partition Master and Disk Management Tool. You may check more detailed features of EaseUS Partition Master.

3. How to resize Windows 8 partition with partition management software - EaseUS Partition Master?

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Then how to deal with the Windows 8 partition advanced management? Here is a solution for this with EaseUS partition manager. Offering a simple and convenient way to manage your partitions, EaseUS Partition Master runs well on Windows 8. Say, it enables you to repartition hard drive, extend the system partition without any data loss.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Free partition manager software

Step 2. If there is no unallocated partition, you need select partition E: and decrease it by clicking "Resize/Move partition". Move it to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition.

Move the unallocated space

Step 3. Then select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition" to extend the C: drive. Click Apply.

Extend system partition

For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.

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