There are so many reasons why one would want to resize their partitions. For example, I often had to resize my Windows partitions to make room for Linux to be installed. And then the reverse is also true – sometimes we want to get rid of older secondary operating system installations from the hard drive by removing the partitions belonging to them. This is also a way to extend the system partition and make more room for new software installations.
We can resize or move partitions easily using a free software called IM-Magic Partition Resizer. It can work with all the popular file systems like FAT, exFAT, NTFS, ext (used by Linux). It can work with both the MBR and GPT disks. It supports EFI and UEFI boot and works on all versions of Windows starting from Windows7.
Here is how we can resize partitions using IM-Magic Partition Resizer:
- Download and install IM-Magic Partition Resizer from https://www.resize-c.com/.
- If you have not already connected the target disk to your PC then first connect it.
- Launch IM-Magic Partition Resizer and then select the target disk from the list.
- Right-click on the target disk and choose Resize/Move Partition from the menu.
- In the resizer window, drag the resizer bar to the left or right to define the new partition sizes. In the window, you will see unallocated space before and unallocated space after to indicate how it is being sized. The disk map also displays how it is going to look after you have done resizing. Click OK to save resize settings.
- Click on the Apply Changes button to finally apply the resizing to the physical disk.
IM-Magic Partition Resizer is free for home users and provides all the functions needed to resize and move the partitions. It makes it very easy to extend or shrink partitions of your hard disk drive, solid state drive, flash memory cards, pendrives, external hard drives and more.