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  1. Will shrinking windows 10 c drive cause issues?


    I was wondering if shrinking windows 10 C Drive would cause any issues? I would like to be able to set up partitions to be able to use more unallogated space?

    :)
     
    KennethYoung5, Oct 18, 2021
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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Shrinking C: drive

    Hi Krischankailee

    Try defragmenting your C drive before attempting to shrink you drive, there may be some unmovable files that are causing this

    If you still cannot shrink your C drive, due to the limited ability of Windows 10 partitioning, it may be best to use a 3rd party utility like the Free version of AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is fully featured and very capable . . .
     
    DaveM121, Oct 18, 2021
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  3. Unable to shrink C: drive less that 480GB in Disk management on Windows 10.

    Hello Lex,



    Thank you for posting on Microsoft Community. We regret the inconvenience caused and will assist you in resolving the issue.



    Before assisting further, I would like to ask you few questions:

    a. What happens when you try shrinking
    C: drive below 500 GB, do you get any error message/error code?



    To create a partition or volume (the two terms are often used interchangeably) on a hard disk, you must be logged in as an administrator, and there must be either unallocated disk space or free space within an extended partition on the hard disk.

    The disk space of minimum 4GB and maximum of 8GB should be dedicated to Windows 10 installation files & folders on the drive in which the operating system is installed.



    I suggest you to check the possibility of shrinking the drive by 420GB in the Disk management by following the steps below:



    • Press Windows logo + X keys on the keyboard and select
      Disk management from the context menu.
    • Right click on the C: drive from the window and select
      Shrink Volume from the context menu.
    • Enter 504000 in the Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB box and click on
      Shrink.
    • Right click on the Unallocated drive which was recently created and select
      New simple volume.
    • Follow the on-screen instructions and assign the drive letter from the window.
    • After the drive letter is assigned and the procedure is complete, right click on the newly created drive and select
      Open from the context menu.
    • Check if the partition is displayed in the File Explorer.


    Write to us with the answer to the above questions and the status of the issue on the same
    post for further assistance. Your reply is most important for us to ensure we assist you accordingly.



    Thank you.
     
    Likhitha V, Oct 18, 2021
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  4. Will shrinking windows 10 c drive cause issues?

    Unable to shrink C: drive less that 480GB in Disk management on Windows 10.

    Hi,

    I bought a new laptop with 2TB HDD and able to shrink volume till 560GB and now I cannot shrink below.

    I want to keep the OS drive of 150 GB and rest to be unallocated just for creating another volume when required.

    Pls do help!!!

    Regards,

    Krishna

    It does not show any error buts just the volume to be shrink is 0
     
    KrishnaDarbha, Oct 18, 2021
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