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change NTFS partition size

How to extend NTFS partition? With MiniTool Parition Wizard, you will find it too easy to extend NTFS partition. In addition, this partition magic also helps in exteding and shrinking a NTFS partition.

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Why Change NTFS Partition Size

NTFS File System Is Popular

As you know, FAT32 and NTFS are the most commonly used file systems in Windows, with the latter one enjoying more powerful functions and popularity. The reason? Well, hard drives are going for larger capacity, and networks are getting more complex, thus, security is generating more concerns. As NTFS provides better security than FAT 32, it is undoubtedly enjoying more popularity.

Below is a rough comparison between NTFS and FAT32.

NTFS VS. FAT32

FAT32 NTFS
Security FAT32 provides poor security. A user who can access a FAT32 drive can also access files in it. NTFS enables the use of NTFS Permissions. Thus, folder and file access can be controlled individually.
Compatibility FAT 32 can be recognized by Windows 95/98/Me. NTFS is not recognized by Windows 95/98/Me.
Space Efficiency

FAT32 does not support file compression. In Windows, the maximum partition size that can be created using FAT32 is 32GB.

NTFS supports file compression. In Windows, the maximum partition size that can be created using NTFS increases to 16TB.

Reliability FAT32 drives are easily to infect disk errors. Log files are created under NTFS which can be used for automatic file system repairs.

Resize NTFS Partition Size Is a Common Requirement

To wrap up, due to the better performance NFTS can offer, it has become the most welcomed file system. However, in many cases you may need to change NTFS partition size to make use of the disk space better. For example, the C: drive is running on low disk space; OR the entertainment partition is occupying too much disk space…

Then you may turn to Disk Management or Diskpart for help. The result? Well, sometimes you can benefit from these built-in tools, yet in many cases you get disappointed.

Disk Management and Diskpart are useful when you shrink a NTFS partition, but is of great limitation when you want to extend NTFS partition. As to the reasons, you can refer to this post: Why Extend Volume Greyed out and how to solve it?

Since the systems build-in Disk Management tool fails to resize partition, a third-party partition manager such as MiniTool Partition Wizard should be utilized to finish this operation.

Obtain 5-star MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard is an all-in-one desktop program that is committed to help Windows users deal with all kinds of hard drive management issues. This software is composed of five editions, among them the free edition is a 5-star recommendation.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is not only powerful in changing NTFS partition size, but also offers many useful features like Migrate OS to SSD/HD, convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk, do Partition Recovery, etc. Due to its concise interface and outstanding performance, it has gained grate reputation all over the world.

Let's see how it works on resizing NTFS Partition:

Tip: Free Partition Wizard works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 all editions. If you are a server user, you can go to MiniTool Partition Wizard Store to purchase more advanced Editions

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Situation One: Extend NTFS Partition

When the disk space becomes insufficient, hard drive response will become slower and slower, leading to a bad computer performance. In this regard, extending NTFS partition size is quite urgent so as to enhance partition performance.

To extend NTFS partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can do the followings:

Step 1: Click on the partition you want to extend and choose "Extend Partition". Here take extending partition C: for example.

Step 2: In the pop-up windows choose where to take some free space and how much free space you want by dragging the slider. Then click "OK" to back to the main interface.

Step 3: Lastly, click "Apply" at the top left corner. 

extend NTFS partition using Extend feature

Are you a server user? Then this "Resize Server Partition" post may help you change NTFS partition size in Windows Server.

Situation Two: Shrink NTFS Partition

Sometimes, you may need to shrink a partition to release some free space and then create another partition. In this case, you can do the followings:

Step 1: Click on the partition you want to shrink and choose "Move/Resize Partition". Also take shrinking partition C: for example.

Step 2: In the pop-up window drag the triangle leftwards to reduce the current partition size. Then click "OK" to continue.

Step 3: Finally click "Apply" to end this process.

shrink NTFS partition

Tip: You can also use "Move/Resize Partition" to extend NTFS partition. For example, if there is some unallocated space on the adjacent left/right side of the partition to be extended, you just drag the triangle to occupy the unallocated space. (image attached).

enlarge NTFS partition using Move/Resize Partition

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What's Your Choice?

Here comes to the end of this article. Now you know how to change NTFS partition flexibly to meet your variable requirements. Hope you can benefit from this article. By the way, when you want to extend a NTFS partition but the whole disk is full of data, which means no partition on the same disk can offer some free space, you may consider upgrade hard drive by using MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is the most reliable way to transfer data to another hard drive without system reinstallation.

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