First of all, why need to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting?
I believe that almost everyone has ever encountered the low disk space warning created by Windows. That is all because your disk space has been used up. How to solve this problem, especially when it happens to your system partition?
There are many methods to extend system partition, but which one is best? To extend your system partition without rebooting computer may be the most desirable solution, because the system expansion won’t interrupt your previous work. Users of Windows Server 2000, 2003 and 2008/ 2012 prefer to this solution because extending system partition without rebooting Server can ensure your business continuity.
How to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting computer?
Partitioning manager software – MiniAide Fat32 Formatter can extend NTFS system partition without rebooting computer under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2012 while the data is completely protected in the extending process. Both MBR and GPT disks are supported.
Steps to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting.
Step 1: Choose right edition of MiniAide Fat32 Formatter and install it on your computer.
Tips: If there is not enough free space (100MB) to install MiniAide Fat32 Formatter on the system partition (C: drive), please change the installation directory to other partition while installing MiniAide Fat32 Formatter.
Step 2: Close all other applications including the antivirus software and the firewall before running MiniAide Fat32 Formatter.
Case 1: The system partition is next to another partition.
Case 2: There is unallocated space behind system partition.
Case 1 – If your system drive is next to another partition, please do as the following steps. (In this case, partition C: is system drive, partition D: is next to C: drive)
1. Right click the D: partition that you want to carve up free space for the C: drive on the disk map, and choose “Resize/Move partition”.
2. Position the mouse pointer on the left partition handle. Drag the handle to the partition size you want when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.
3. Now you will get free space at the right side of system partition C.
4. Position the mouse pointer on the right partition handle. Drag the handle to cover all free space until the handle can’t move when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.
5. Choose “Apply”.
Case 2 – If there is some unallocated space behind system partition, please do as the following steps to extend system partition. (In this case, partition C: is system drive.)
1. Select system partition, then right click system partition and choose “Resize/Move partition”.
2. Extend system partition C: to a suitable size, and click OK.
3. After extending system partition, you can preview it on disk map.
4. If you are satisfied with the operation you make, you will see the operations you do in Pending Operations. Just click “Apply”.
You can also resize other NTFS partitions excluding NTFS system partition without reboot. Before that you must ensure all applications in the partition are closed.
1. If there is a step that needs to reboot system, there is a “!” before this step in “Pending Operations”. If you don’t want to reboot the system, please check and close all live application in the partition. Undo this step, and do it again.
2. To extend FAT system partition, you will be required to reboot the system.
3. By extending system partition here, it means you extend system partition without changing its initial position.
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