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Resize extended partition

  • When computer users manage disk partition, resizing extended partition is a commonly seen disk partition management operation. However, to realize this operation is not easy for many users, because what these users think about is just the system built-in disk management tool when they need to resize extended partition. Nevertheless, system built-in disk management tool of many Windows operating systems is unable to resize extended partition, such as Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP. If we want to resize extended partition under these operating systems, we need the help of the third party partition magic. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard developed by the famous MiniTool Solution Ltd. is recommended.

    What is extended partition?
    Maybe, many users are unfamiliar with the concept of extended partition, because partitions they manage in daily life are primary partitions or logical partitions. Well, what is extended partition? As a matter of fact, extended partition is just a concept which is introduced to extend partition number for those users who use MBR partition mode, and it can not store any data for users. Logical partition is used to realize data storage for extended partition, and every extended partition can contain multiple logical partitions. Users who are familiar with MBR partition mode may know the disk which uses MBR mode just can be divided into 4 primary partitions. However, as users store more and more different types of data which have different use on the computer, users will make more reasonable partition planning so as to manage and use them better. At this time, MBR hard disk which can only be divided into 4 primary partitions can not meet users' storage demands. In order to meet practical storage demands, the concept of extended partition is introduced to MBR partition mode. Then, MBR disk can be divided into at most 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and an extended partition which can be divided into multiple logical partitions. Therefore, the introduction of extended partition promotes the flexibility of partition planning. However, although the flexibility of MBR disk partition planning is promoted, unreasonable partition planning is hard to avoid. Under this situation, the problem how to resize extended partition becomes a topic most users care about, and most of them select MiniTool Partition Wizard, a piece of newly developed partition magic.

    Resize extended partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard
    Just now, we said logical partition is used to realize data storage for extended partition, so resizing extended partition is to resize logical partition. With MiniTool Partition Wizard, we can resize logical partition much easily. First, visit its official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/ to download this partition magic. Then, install and run it to get the following interface:



    This is the main interface of this partition magic. Here, select the partition which needs resizing, and then click "Move/Resize" functional button to enter the following interface:



    In this resizing interface, drag triangles on both sides of the partition handle to resize logical partition. After finishing settings, please click "OK" to go back to the main interface.



    At this time, we can preview partition size from the main interface. After confirming operations, please click "Apply" to perform all operations.

    Thus it can be seen, it is not difficult to resize extended partition as many users imagine. It is because some users some users do not find the best method that they think it is difficult to resize extended partition. If you are doubtful about the function of resizing partition of MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can download a free edition which is free for individual and home users from the official website to experience its functions.