"Recently I found my partition bar is showing red in Windows Explorer and Windows XP system always told me there is low disk space and suggested me to delete some old or unnecessary files to free space. I downloaded many applications and saved many files in the partition D. Is there any way to help me solve this issue? Could I increase partition size in Windows XP? Please assist me. Thanks in advance".
This situation shows you a true example about low disk space issue during the process of using a hard drive. This post will introduce you the best solution about this problem.
Low Disk Space in Windows XP
As you know, Windows XP is a old operating system. And Windows 10 has been released for a period time but today some of you still use Windows XP to do work or entertainment. On the hard drive, maybe there are many kinds of files which occupy the disk space, such as videos, music, applications, work documents or pictures. Sometimes, when there is little unused space, the partition bar will get red and system warns you are running out of space and advice you to free space by deleting old or unnecessary files.
Ways to Increase Partition Size Windows XP
Usually, when a partition is running out of space, you may do as the operating system mentioned, just deleting some old files. However, it only helps to free a bit disk space but it is unable to solve this issue fundamentally.
In addition, maybe someone says why not replace the old hard drive by buying a new hard drive. As you know, if you want to upgrade to a large hard drive, you need to migrate all data on the entire disk to the new disk. This way is time-consuming, moreover, it is expensive to buy a hard drive.
Besides, there is another way to help expand partition size. That is to say, using a professional software to achieve this aim quickly. Generally speaking, the best way is to extend partition in Windows XP by taking some free space from other partition. This way can help you make full use of disk space without spending money and losing data.
How to Increase Partition Size Windows XP
Disk Management Can’t Resize Windows XP
When it comes to expanding partition to increase Windows XP partition size, some of you may consider using Windows built-in Disk Management to perform this operation. However, Windows XP doesn’t provide such a function to help you to resize partition, in other words, there is not "Extend Volume" and "Shrink Volume" feature. Please right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage" to open Disk Management. Then right click a target partition and you can see its functions. The screenshot is as follows:
In this case, what should you do to extend partition in Windows XP? Fortunately, a third-party partition manager is popular with many users, so I will introduce it to you.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Resize Windows XP Partition Easily
MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional, reliable, excellent and easy-to-use partition and disk management software. It is compatible with all operating systems, including Windows Vista/XP/7/8/8.1/10, Windows Server 2000/20003/2008/2012. This partition manager has five editions, such as Free Edition, Professional Edition, Server Edition, Enterprise Edition and Technician Edition. With these editions, you can manage partition and disk well on dynamic disks and basic disks, such as resize/move/extend/copy/wipe partitions, rebuild MBR, merge partitions, do system migration to SSD and so on.
As to increase Windows XP partition size, it is recommended to use its free edition which supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition and then start to do partition resizing.
Tips 1: When there is unallocated space adjacent to the target partition
Step 1: Launch this free application and go to the main interface. Here you can see many partition features in the left pane after selecting the target partition. Please click "Move/Resize Partition" feature.
Step 2: Then drag the slider to occupy the disk space. Like this, you can increase the partition size in Windows XP.
Step 3: Finally, click "Apply" to perform the changes.
Tips 2: When there is no unallocated space or the unallocated space is not adjacent to the target partition
Step 1: Launch this free software. Then right click the target partition and select "Extend" or click "Extend Partition" feature in the "Operation" menu.
Step 2: Then you can extend the partition by taking free space from other partition on the same disk. Move the slider to ensure how much free space you want to get.
Step 3: At last, click "Apply" to finishing all operations.