The introduction of GParted
GParted (Gnome Partition Editor), is a tiny bootable CD, which contains the feature GParted that can manage disks and partitions for your computer. It is a good partition manager which enables you to resize, move, and copy partitions without losing data. Well, here you may ask how to use GParted? How do I use GParted for Windows 7 to resize a partition?
Using GParted Windows 7 to resize partition
As the time goes by, you may find that there are more and more applications on the system partition and it is running out of space that could not store any other file, and the running speed is slower and slower that you must extend it. However, you may find that there is a partition with a lot of free space, and maybe you can want to shrink it. Actually, you can resize the size for every partition.
GParted Live CD is a bootable CD that takes you into GParted straightly. For example, if you want to resize partition with GParted, you can use the GParted Live CD to take you straight into GParted. However, if you resize the bootable system partition, you will be unable to boot the machine without repairing Windows. To resize Windows 7 partition with GParted and boot successfully, you can do as following shows:
First, prepare a bootable Windows 7 installation disc, then download the GParted Live CD and burn it to CD.
Then, boot off the GParted CD, and you can see all the partitions in the window. Usually, the first one is your boot partition, to ensure that, you can check the Flags column.
Next, you can right click the partition which you want to resize as the following screenshot.
When you selected Resize/Move, you will move to the window like the screen shot below, click and drag the partition to shrink or extend it as you want. Then, click Resize/Move button to continue.
Then, click Apply to execute the progress. When it finished, remove the live CD and reboot your computer. However, you may meet a horrible error message: "Windows Failed to start. A recent harware or software change might be cause". Thus, you may doing other operations to fix it, which is annoying. Fortunately, there is another way that you can resize partition in Windows 7 without those troubles.
Using AOMEI Partition Assistant to replace GParted for Windows 7
As Windows 7 GParted alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great powerful disk manager for Windows OS. It can extend C drive for Windows 7, create/move/delete/format/copy/merge partitions and create bootable media for Windows 7. What’s more, the Standard Edition which is designed for Windows PC users is free. To use it to resize Windows 7 partition is more flexible than GParted.
First, you can use the software directly without booting from CD;
Second, you do not need to restart your computer unless you are shrinking the system partition or the partition running some applications. If that happens, you will require to operate under PreOS mode;
Third, AOMEI Partition Assistant will manage your disk with the promise of your data safe. You do not need to worry about data losing.
Knowing of those tips, you can start using it to resize partition of your Windows 7 as the following guide.
Step1. Download the free edition. Install and launch it. You can see the basic situation of your disks.
Step2. To resize partition, you can right click the partition and select Resize Partition. Here take D partition as an example.
Tips: If you want to extend the partition, it must need unallocated space adjacent to the partition.If there is no unallocated space adjacent to the partition, you can move partition first, or merge partitions.
Step3. Here you can drag the bar to change partition size as you want.
Step4. Click Apply to launch the progress.
Here, you have already resized Windows 7 partition, it is easier than GParted and it is also free. What’s the most important is that you can boot your computer successfully after the operations. Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant supports almost all the Windows OS, including Windows 10/8/8.1/7/Vista/XP.