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How to shrink Windows 8 partition?

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2016-10-14 16:58:08 Posted by Declan Morris to Resource

Shrink and extend Windows 8/10 partition with free partition manager. EaseUS Partition Master provides reliable solutions to better arrange disk space.

Since Windows 8 was released, this operating system became the topic users are mostly concerned about. Although Windows 8 is superior to previous operating systems in many aspects, is has no significant change in disk management compared with Windows 7. Users are also limited in Windows 8 disk management operations. For example, Windows 8 built-in disk management tool has Shrink Volume and Extend Volume function, but it can only shrink partition forward instead of backward. If users want to manage Windows 8 partition comprehensively, they also need the third-party partition manager.

Disk Management to shrink Windows 8 partition

Windows 8 partition resize allows you to shrink hard drive partitions under Windows 8 OS. This article will show you how to shrink Windows 8 partition.

Windows 8 built-in Disk Management has ability to shrink volume and extend volume. Just 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

Then you need to right click on the partition which you want to shrink, and choose "Shrink Volume". Then the Windows 8 partition shrink is done.

Although there is some improvement of Disk Management Tool in Windows 8, but it still has many limitations in partition management.So the third-party partition magic is needed. Unfortunately, so many apps can not run under it currently and there are few partition managers that can be used to manage Windows 8 partition. But one partition manager has perfect compatibility with Windows 8 and can run successfully under Windows 8. Besides, it also has powerful functions like shrink partition, extend partition, move partition and create partition, etc . in Windows 8 . What's important, during the process, partition data files will not be influenced, so users need not worry about data loss when using EaseUS Partition Master. Please refer to the comparison table below.

What EaseUS Partition Master can do (compare with Disk Management Tool under 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
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.

How to shrink Windows 8 partition with free partition manager?

Then how to deal with the Windows 8 partition advanced management? Here is a solution for this with EaseUS free 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 shrink partition, extend the system partition, Create, Delete, Resize/Move, Copy, Merge, Split or Format partition.

Launch EaseUS Partition Master, then select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition" to shrink the C: drive. Click Apply.

Shrink Windows 8 partition

The video tutorial to shink partition on windows 8

Besides, partition manager features, EaseUS Partition software also provides some other features like Partition Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost partitions, Copy disk & partition wizard to upgrade or backup disk.