Windows Vista – built-in disk partition resize utility

When I tried to install windows vista on my computer, the first
decision I had to take was to partition the hard disk. I started
looking for software on the Internet that can resize existing disk
partition. I found some free software but none of them looked
convincing enough to install and try on my computer. So I just
decided to go on and install Windows Vista anyway. I had two
partitions on my computer. The first partition was the C drive
which had windows XP installed on it and the other partition was D
drive which had all my data. There was no way I can install Windows
Vista on C drive. So, I installed Windows Vista on D drive.
After installing Windows Vista I went to the computer manager by
right cliking on the “computer” icon and selecting and “Manage”.
There you will find the Disk Management option. From there, select
the D drive and choose “Shrink”. It will shrink the parition to all
available space. This will take a long time to complete without any
notification. So, don’t think Vista has hung. Let it finish and you
will find D has been shrunk and there’s a new parition.


Now move all your data from D drive to the new drive, say E

If is better to do a disk defragmentation on D drive after doing

Note: I found this half written post in my draft box after 7
months. So, this may not be a new information. Just to let you
know, for my regular development, I went back to Windows XP because
there’s significant difference between IIS 6 and IIS 7 and I need
to see how IIS 6 behaves with my applications. Moreover, Visual
Studio 2005 UI does not mix well with Vista. Since I went back,
somehow XP actually feels quite light and faster than Vista.
Finally, Vista burns out laptop battery within 40 mins where XP can
withstand up to 1.5 hours. This can be because of Sony Advance
Power Management drivers not working with Vista.

12 thoughts on “Windows Vista – built-in disk partition resize utility”

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  2. Well the built-in partition utility works under certain condition. I tried to shrink the primary partition ( approx 87 GB) and the utility was not letting me to shrink beyond 53 GB. I had to use recovery disc to do custom partition and again used the built in utiltiy to create another partition.

  3. Hi Omar,

    I have been following your Article and blog for quite a while and really enjoyed it. But this article seems a consolidated version of your previous blog posts and articles, people like me who is following you, will not find any thing new. It is more like publicity thing to sale your new Book, which really sucks. So I urge please come up with new things which you have not voiced, I guess you have still have lot more things to share.


    Javed Hassan

  4. Hi Javed:

    I have one primary and two extended partitions (C, D, E) on one physical disk. I am running out of space on the primary partition (C) where I have Windows 2008 installed.

    After reading your article, I thought I can shrink the size of D drive and extend C to use that reclaimed space.

    The shrinking of D was successful. I know have 2 gig of free space. But the context menu option “Extend” becomes enabled only when D is selected; it's not enabled for C and E. I gather that I can only extend D.

    Do you have any suggestions on how I can extend C?



  5. I tried to shrink the D (logical drive) but the 'access denied” message appeared? Someone knows the reason?

  6. Dear Venki

    After reading your problem i found that after shrinking your D Drive you have not Shinking total Extended partion. You can must have to shrink your Extended partion by selectin it. The reason behind it that after shrinking D Drive Your extended partion is same as before.

    Hope you can do now….

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