Shrink / Resize Partitions in Windows 8

This quick tip shows you how to resize or shrink the (C:) partition in Windows 8 easily. In some system installations, Windows Operation System occupies the entire hard drive which leaves no free space for you if you need it for something else.

In that case, your only option is to shrink the ( C: ) partition in order to create more free space. Then use that free space to create more partitions. That’s what this tutorial is going to show you.

To get started, press the Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Windows 8 Tools Menu. When it opens, select ‘Disk Management’




When it opens, right-click on the (C:) partition and select ‘Shrink Volume..’




Then specify the amount of space you wish to shrink by in MB and click ‘Shrink’




Just click next when the wizard opens to finish creating the free space. After completing the wizard, right-click the free space and select ‘New Simple Volume..’ to create additional partitions.




Follow the wizard and complete the task. Go to File Explorer to access the new partition.




That’s it!

5 thoughts on “Shrink / Resize Partitions in Windows 8”

  1. Hello,I try to shrink a 2TB disk under Windows 8 so that my C: drive containing the OS and application would be 250 GB and get a big partition for my files. But my Windows did not allow me to set the size I wanted. It did this : it created two partitions of 1TB each. Now if I try to shrink further my C: partition it will not let me do it.
    Can you help me, please ? Please e-mail me if you want to help. Thank you.

  2. Thank you Dona, I now have 200GB for the new OpenSUSE 13.2 which I plan to install during the Xmas Holidays. I haven’t used Microsoft in years, but what I have found is that it is an excessive ‘control freak’. The new machine is a Panasonic CF-53 with 500GB, running Winblow 8. It is extremely buggy. I downloaded a load of stuff for school many times, and they keep disappearing, which means that I have wasted very valuable study time trying to find the material. Best wishes, M.E.

  3. Hi, I tried to make a new simple volume but after assigning the drive letter path by clicking next a pop up window appears and shows a warning written on it.
    (The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s).if you convert the disk(s) to dynamic you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume in the disc(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure you want to continue ? ). guide me please what to do ? i should click yes or no ?
    please email me if you want to help. Thank you

  4. Hi
    I hope you can help. I would prefer to ask before diving in and making a change because I’ve never done this type of change before. I have a Lenovo G500 laptop and loaded the original factory settings. After running a windows update it failed with a message “We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.”. There was also an error code 0x800F0922. One of the possible reasons could mean there isn’t enough free space in the System Reserved partition.

    That’s the background… So this is why I’m now on your page. I’d like to increase the System Reserved partition. Any help you can offer will be appreciated. :)

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