When speaking of disk partition management, maybe at once you come into mind is that Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. As we know, typically, you might barge up against for some reasons, such as "Extend Volume" option is grayed out unavailable, or there is no contiguous unallocated space next to the system partition etc. If your system is Windows XP, 2000 and 2003, there are no ways to resize/extend/shrink partition due to no built-in partition utility in these OSs. Therefore, a third party partition manager software is demanded for extending system drive.
There are a few partition manager software in the wide market. Some partition tools can only create, delete and format partition, to choose reliable and easy to use partition software is not an easy path. However, AOMEI Technology's Partition Assistant is an excellent partition tool that you desired. Partition Assistant Standard Edition as a trustable partition freeware is your best choice when you need to manage your disk partition by using some useful functions such as resize/move partition, extend/shrink partition, create/delete/format partition and more features. This free version (Standard Edition) will flawlessly work on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 Operating Systems (32bit & 64bit). Partition Assistant Professional Edition and Server Edition are specifically designated for advanced users and Windows server users in order to provide better 64bit and server support.
We have a user with 60GB hard drive on his laptop. He tell us that the system drive C partition is insufficient free space (only 500MB free space), which lead that the application programs is running slowly. So he has to increase the system drive size, but this failed to do this through using Windows built-in disk manager. Google on Partition Manager, the free Partition Assistant is found casually, thus he successfully resize his Windows system partition, get more free space and optimize system performance. Below are steps of the detailed resizing partition via this free partition manager assistant:
1. Run Partition Assistant; Select the hard disk partition that you need to resize.
2. Right click on the partition to pop up shortcut menu, choose Resize option.
3. On the disk panel, the partition size is displayed graphically in the dialog box. The graphical rectangle depicts the used and unused space within the partition. When the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, drag the handle to the partition size you want. You can directly input a proper size to the Partition Size Box, and then click OK button to confirm as follows:
In the Partition Assistant, it most shining point is that it is able to resize/extend/shrink/move system drive partition without any losing data. It is high-efficient during the process of resizing system drive for it adopts extra capability to analyze sector-grade data to boost speed. Based on the above steps, you have learned the partition manager can promptly process all of partition operations to assist you or a green hand.