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How to shrink the primary (C:) partition in Windows Vista & Windows 7

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http://www.liberiangeek.net – If you wanted to resize or shrink your primary partition (C:) in Windows XP but couldn’t, it’s now possible to do it in Windows Vista or Windows 7 without installing a third-party tool. Windows Vista and 7 have a built-in tool that can shrink, resize, and format partitions easily that XP didn’t.   This brief tutorial describes the steps needed to shrink your Windows Vista or Windows 7 primary partition and create multiple partitions. As you already, creating multiple partitions has huge benefits.   Some of these benefits include: Installing multiple operating systems on separate partitions Separating operating system files from user data file Organizing folders and files into well-ordered structure Selective backup and restore (it’s easy to backup and restore a single partition than the whole disk) and many more   To enjoy these benefits, please continue reading below.   1) Turn on your Windows Vista or 7 machine. Click Start –> and type ‘Computer Management’ in the search box, then select the link in the list at the top     2) Next select ‘Disk Management’ on the left.     3) Next, right-click on the (C:) drive and click Shrink Volume.     4) Enter the size amount to shrink the volume by. Look at the ‘available shrink space in MB’, then specify the amount to shrink by.     5) As you can see below, we have 2.93 GB unallocated space. We can then use the free space to create more partitions.     6) Right-click on the free space and click ‘New Simple Volume’ to create a new partition.     7) Click Next and enter the size of the partition you’re creating.     Assign a drive letter to the partition. Next choose to format the disk quickly and give it a new.       9) Click Finish.     10 Now we got more partitions listed in our Disk Management panel. Each partition is assigned a letter and name to distinguish it.   11) When you look in the Computer console, you should also see all the partition you created with the respective name and drive letter.     That’s how you do it. It’s that simple.   Thanks for coming again. Join the forum discussion on this post — (1) Posts (HowTos)