Shrink or Reduce Partition Size in Windows 7

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If your want to install a second OS on your computer and need to create space for it by shrinking the current windows partition, then you can do so from within Windows, with great ease. Before you try shrinking the partition, it is very important that you first defragment the drive you want to resize (which can be done by right clicking on the Drive letter, e.g. C, and then selecting properties from the popup menu, and then click on tools and then click on defragment now).

To start the disk management tool for Windows, go to the start menu and type partition in the search box. Click on the first link that says Create and partition hard drive as shown below.

Now once the partition / disk manager has started

right click on the drive letter you want to shrink and choose Shrink Volume

Windows would estimate the lowest possible size f0r the drive and display it, you can continue with the default value or choose to specify a size larger than that and click Shrink

Wait till the shrink process gets over, you should now be able to see empty unallocated space, beyond the Windows partition, as shown below

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10 Comments on “Shrink or Reduce Partition Size in Windows 7”

  • coolbreiezze wrote on 3 November, 2010, 8:10

    thanks for the post ! wanna make a dual boot with win7 and fedora13(saw your guide. and thanks again!) aaand when ive tried above steps of partitioning, i didnt see any “system reserved” partition.anyway i installed fedora13 as u explained….went well,, when i restart oh man !there s NO boot selection but simply staring Win7…..please helppppp…thankz(sorry for the newbee stupidity!)

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    lifehacker Reply:

    @coolbreiezze,

    Yeah I also had issues with Fedora dual boot setup, they are still using old legacy grub which is not that smart. Where did you install the boot-loader? What did you choose as your boot-loader device. If you choose first sector of boot partition, then I would suggest you to reinstall Fedora and specify MBR (Master Boot Record) for copying the boot loader. The screenshot for this step is linked below.

    http://www.hackourlives.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Fedora-_015.jpeg

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  • coolbreiezze wrote on 6 November, 2010, 18:44

    @lifehacker, oh yeah dat works!!!….thankz a lot!….

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