Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How to Extend Windows 7 partition free - MiniTool Partition Wizard

Windows 7 is a revolutionary operating system developed by Microsoft, aiming to simplify and quicken the daily operations of computer and fostering a more efficient work environment. Knowing the prominent features of Windows 7, many non-Windows 7 hope to upgrade their operating systems to Windows. However, user would find some disk partitions are insufficient and some partitions are redundant. Therefore, they are inclined to repartition disk by formatting hard disk which would result in data loss. So how to extend partition at will becomes a concerned topic of those users.

Methods to extend Windows7 partition
Partition is a part of physical disk serving as the physical separate unit which usually refers to primary partition and extended partition. Primary partition is part of physical disk that is marked to be used by operating system and a disk could have 4 primary partitions at most. Extended partition is the partition created from the free space of hard disk that can be divided to logical driver. 


There are roughly three methods to extend partition: firstly, extending partition with systems build-in disk management tool; secondly, repartitioning disk by formatting disk which would result in data loss and thirdly, utilizing a third-party partition manager like MiniTool Partition Wizard.

MiniTool Partition Wizard
MiniTool Partition Wizard supports almost all 32/64 bit Windows operating systems including Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, etc. Furthermore, it possesses functions to wipe partition, resize partition, merge partition, create partition, delete partition, format partition, convert partition format, copy partition, hide partition, explore partition and change drive letter, much more.


As the latest operating system of Microsoft, Windows 7 is not supported by many partition managers attributing to its distinctive 3+1 partitioning mode. MiniTool Partition Wizard runs perfectly under Windows 7.


The official downloading website for MiniTool Partition Wizard: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Extend Windows 7 partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard
The following is the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard: 



Select and right click desired partition.


Click "Move/Resize" in the drop-down menu.


There are two ways to adjust partition size and position: firstly, drag the left or right arrows; secondly, directly entering accurate values in the "Unallocated Space Before" "Unallocated Space After" textboxes. Then click "OK". 


Click "Apply" to start extending partition.


Click "Yes".


Click "OK" to finish extending partition. 

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