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Windows 8 disk management: resize, extend, shrink volume

Windows 8 disk management features

Right click My Computer, select Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management, open Windows built-in Disk Management, you can do following operations on Windows 8 32 bit or 64 bit by Disk Management.

  • Create, delete and format volume
  • Add or change drive letter of the volume
  • Extend and shrink volume
  • Convert basic disk to dynamic disk
  • Explore, open volume
  • Convert MBR disk to GPT disk or convert GPT disk to MBR disk
  • Convert dynamic disk to basic disk, but you must delete all dynamic volumes before converting.
  • Mark partition as active, etc.

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 that can have more useful functions than Windows Disk Management.

EaseUS Partition Master VS Windows 8 Disk Management

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

Windows 8 disk management software - EaseUS Partition Master

As magic Windows 8 disk manager, EaseUS Partition Master can extend Windows 8 32 bit and 64 bit system partition safely with simple operations by its "Resize/Move partition" feature. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can extend NTFS system partition without reboot. The following is step-by-step instructions to extend Windows 8 system partition.

Taking Extend Volume for example: extend system partition (C: drive).

1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Free partition manager software

If there is no unallocated space behind the system partition, please follow the below steps. If there is unallocated space behind the system partition, please directly go to step 4.

2. Select partition E:, right click it, select "Resize/Move partition" and drag the partition handle leftwards to resize E drive. Then there will be unallocated space behind E: drive.

Resize the data partition

3. Move E: drive rightwards to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition (C: drive) and click OK.

Move the data partition

4. Select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend system partition (C: drive).

Extend system partition

5. Click Apply.

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

After EaseUS Partition Master executes these operations, you will see the Windows 8 system partition has been extended successfully in Disk Management.

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