Windows 10: shrinking volume with OS on it

Discus and support shrinking volume with OS on it in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Howdy, I've inherited a desktop with Windows 10 installed on a 1TB, single partition drive. For better or worse I belong to the "partitions" school,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by nealzibub, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. nealzibub Win User

    shrinking volume with OS on it


    Howdy,

    I've inherited a desktop with Windows 10 installed on a 1TB, single partition drive. For better or worse I belong to the "partitions" school, and would like to partition this physical drive into 2 or maybe even 3 logical partitions.

    From what I've found thus far, it appears that this is possible. However, using the Windows 10 disk management tool, when i try to shrink the volume with the OS on it, i just get a blue spinning circle, and after a few minutes i grow weary and abort.

    I also have minitool partition wizard installed, and it has similar (but somewhat more...vague?) functionality. I'd like to think it would give me some pretty strongly-worded warnings like: Are you sure you want to do this? You're going to wipe out your OS!!!

    But before I shoot myself in the foot in a major way, I want to be certain that I can shrink the volume down with the OS on it, and then partition the remaining space.

    Or should i just let sleeping dogs lie and use a 1TB drive as a 1 TB drive?!?

    Thanks in advance, Neal

    :)
     
    nealzibub, Jan 30, 2017
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  2. Repartioning the drive which has the OS

    Is it possible to shrink and create a new volume from the C drive which has windows 10 OS using disk management without causing any problems to the OS?
     
    Abdullah165, Jan 30, 2017
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  3. DaveM121 Win User
    Repartioning the drive which has the OS

    Hi Abdullah165, yes that is possible to do without any harm to the OS . . .

    Open Disk Management (accessible by right clicking your Start Button)

    Right click your C Drvie and choose Shrink Volume

    Enter in the amount to shrink the partition by (1000MB - 1GB)

    Let that process complete

    Then right click the unallocated space and choose new Simple Volume

    When asked to assign a drive letter accept the default letter provided

    That's It!
     
    DaveM121, Jan 30, 2017
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  4. AddRAM Win User

    shrinking volume with OS on it

    AddRAM, Jan 30, 2017
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  5. NavyLCDR New Member
    When you use the installed MiniTool Partition Wizard to shrink the OS partition, when you click apply it will reboot the computer into a command line and shrink the partition before the OS loads, then reboot again back into Windows.
     
    NavyLCDR, Jan 30, 2017
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  6. Bree New Member
    For an HDD there are speed advantages in using two partitions, which is probably why many OEM's routinely format their PC's with a second Data partition. There's no advantage for SSDs though.

    How to Partition Your Hard Drive to Optimize Performance | PCWorld
     
    Bree, Apr 5, 2018
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