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How to Extend System Reserved Partition on a GPT Drive with Ease

  • Situation: I’m now running Windows 8 and planning to dual boot Windows 8.1, but system reserved partition was just allocated with 350MB space. How to extend system reserved partition on a GPT drive so as to make Windows 8.1 installation better? There is no unallocated space available to complete this operation in Disk Management, so I do not have any idea. Who can help me?

    Solution: now that Windows 8 Disk Management can not do it, turn to third party partition manager. Currently, most partition managers can help extend a partition, but most are not advisable. Some of them require complicated operations and some do not offer data protections. Here, free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard is highly recommended, for it is safe, easy to use, and powerful. Next, we will show users specific operations.

    How to Extend System Reserved Partition on a GPT Drive

    Firstly, users need to download and install the free partition manager to Windows 8 computer. Then, launch it to get the main interface:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    Next, select the system reserved partition and choose the function "Extend Partition" which extends partition wonderfully when there is no unallocated space contiguous to target partition.

    how to extend system reserved partition take free space

    This is the Extend Partition interface. Please choose a partition or unallocated space from the drop-down list of "Take Free Space from" to take free space which will be extended to system reserved partition. Then, drag the sliding button to decide how much free space to take and click "OK" to go back to the main interface:

    how to extend system reserved partition apply changes

    From the main interface we can see system reserved partition becomes 1.03GB from original 350MB, so please click "Apply" button to apply changes. After application, the problem how to extend system reserved partition on a GPT drive is solved.

    If users also need to extend a partition (system reserved partition, system partition, recovery partition, or data partition) but Windows Disk Management can not do it, the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard would be a good alternative.