Windows 7 became generally available on October 22, 2009. Years later, many of you are still using this version. There are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 for your choice. 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. In 2003, 64-bit CPUs were introduced to the mainstream personal computer arena, while 32-bit was popular previously. The 64-bit version of Windows can handle large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system. To know about the differences between 32-bit and 64-bit in Windows 7, please read the introduction of Windows 7.
To make full use of Windows 7 hard disks, you need to manage them according to your individual needs. In general, you can apply Windows 7 snap-in Disk Management to partition Windows 7 32/64-bit system. But there are so many limitations in it. For instance, in basic disk, you can only extend primary partition if there is adjacent unallocated space right behind the target partition, or extend logical partition if there is adjacent free space right behind it (find out what caused extend volume greyed out). Otherwise, the basic disk will be converted into dynamic disk. In addition, some conversion functions can cause data loss, for example, conversion between MBR disk and GPT disk and converting dynamic disk to basic disk request you to delete all partitions in the target disk. All these limitations may cause inconvenience to you at any time.
Since Windows 7 is widely used all over the world, it is necessary to introduce a third party Windows 7 partition manager. MiniTool Partition Wizard is an excellent choice.
Partition Windows 7 64-Bit by MiniTool Partition Wizard
MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can be used to partition basic disks in Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, as well as Windows XP/Vista/8/10 32-bit and 64-bit. You can download this program to free experience its functions.
Partition a New Hard Drive by Using MiniTool Partition Wizard
When you get a new hard drive, you have to create partition before you can use it. Try this tool.
Take disk 2 as an instance.
Step 1. Open the software, select disk 2 from the main interface, and click “Create Partition” from the left function menu.
Step 2. In the pop-out window, drag the black arrows to change the size of partition and click “OK” to back to the main interface.
Step 3. Press “Apply” to save the changes at last.
Repartition a Hard Drive by Using MiniTool Partition Wizard
If you want to resize Windows 7 partition when there is/are adjacent unallocated space/spaces in the same disk, you can apply the function “Move/Resize Partition”.
Take partition (E:) in Windows 7 as an example.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition and get its main interface. Then select partition (G:), and click “Move/Resize Partition” from the left function menu.
Step 2. In the pop-out window, you are allowed to enlarge partition (E:) size by pulling the black arrow to right, or shrink the size by pulling it to left. And then click “OK” to go back to the main interface.
Step 3. Don’t forget to press “Apply” to keep all the changes.
With just three easy steps, you can resize the specified partition.
But there is another issue: when there is no unallocated space or adjacent unallocated space in the same disk, how to extend Windows 7 partition? This time, the function “Extend Partition” can help you.
Take partition (G:) as an example.
Step 1. Select partition (G:), and click “Extend Partition” from the left function menu after entering the software main interface.
Step 2. Then you will get the following pop-out window. Choose a partition from the drop-down list in the same disk, and drag the square icon right or left to change the free space you want to take. And then click “OK” to continue.
Step 3. You can preview the extending effect in this interface. Don’t forget to click “Apply” to save the changes at last.
Then, you will discover that partition (G:) is enlarged successfully.
In addition, with this professional partition software, you are also admitted to delete partition, wipe partition, convert disk style between MBR and GPT, convert file system between NTFS and FAT, and more.
See! MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is so powerful. It not only breaks some limitations in Disk Management, but also enables you to free partition and manage the basic disks in Windows 7 64-bit system easily.
If you want to partition Windows 7 32/64-bit system, just try this software.