Three Ways to Shrink Volume in Microsoft Windows 88.1

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Three Ways to Shrink Volume in Microsoft Windows 88.1

Shrink Volume in Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 with CMD, Disk Management or AOMEI Partition Assistant to get some free space to extend system c drive.

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What Does Shrink Volume Windows 8 Means?
Shrink volume windows 8 means to decrease the size of one or more of the volumes in Microsoft Windows 8 operating system. Volumes are disks what we usually see in My Computer, such as C:, D:, E:, etc. They are also called partitions. Therefore, we can also say shrink partition windows 8.

How to Shrink Volume Windows 8?
There are all three methods for us to shrink disk windows 8. In the following, they will be displayed one by one. Choose one way which suits you most.

Shrink Volume Windows 8 under the help of CMD
Step1. Open CMD. Use “Windows + R” to open Run window. Then, type “cmd” to open cmd command line prompt. Or, just enter “cmd” in Start search box, find and open CMD window as administrator.

Step2. Type “diskpart” and press Enter to enter Diskpart command order.

Step3. Type “list volume” and press Enter to list all the volumes on the computer.

Step4. Type “select volume #” and press Enter to choose the volume to be shrunk. # is the volume number or drive letter. Here, volume 2 is selected. 2 can be replaced by E since they refer to the same volume.

Step5. Type “shrink querymax” and press Enter to get to know the maximum space you can shrink from this volume.

Step6. Type “shrink desired=n” and press Enter to shrink n MB free space from source volume. Here, 81920MB (80GB) space has been shrunk from Volume 2.

Step7. Finally, type “exit” and press Enter to leave diskpart.


CMD Shrink Volume

Shrink Volume Windows 8 Making Use of Disk Management (DM)
Step1. Open Disk Management. Right click “My Computer” on desktop and choose “Manage”. In the pop up Computer Management window, select Disk Management in the left menu. Or just input “disk management” in Start search box, find and open it.

Step 2. Right click the partition you plan to shrink and select “Shrink Volume”.

Shrink Volume Windows 8

Step3. In the next screen, enter a size to shrink out from source partition. Then, click “Shrink” to start shrinking disk windows 8.

Size to Shrink out

Shrink Partition Windows 8 with AOMEI Partition Assistant
AOMEI Partition Assistant is one of the best partition manager to help Windows users manage their hard disk partitions. As an excellent alternative for disk management, it can not only manage partitions like DM (extend/shrink partition, format partition, create/delete partition, etc.), but also do many other operations (merge/split partitions, copy partition/disk, convert primary/logical, etc.).

Step1. Download, install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant in your machine. In its main interface, right click the partition you are going to shrink and choose “Resize Partition”.

Shrink Partition

Step2. Put mouse on either side of the partition slider and pull it rightwards or leftwards to shrink volume windows 8. Or, just enter numbers into the below box.

Specify Shrinking Size

Tip: If you want the generated unallocated space locating to the left of source partition, you need to pull slider rightwards or put number in Unallocated space before box; if you want the generated unallocated space locating to the right of source partition, you need to pull slider leftwards or put number in Unallocated space after box.

Step3. Preview the new space allocation. Then, click “Apply” on the upper left of the window to start shrinking disk windows 8.

Shrink Partition Preview

As a third party software, AOMEI Partition Assistant also supports other operating systems, including Windows 10/7/Vista/XP as well as Windows Server 2012(r2)/2011/2008(r2)/2003.

Possible Problems When Shrink Volume Windows 8
Sometimes, shrink volume Windows 8 not working with error message “You cannot shrink a volume beyond the point where any unmovable files are located…” Or, shrink volume not available saying that there is not enough disk space or the space you can shrink is little while there actually is much. For example, when shrink system C volume.

Solution1: choose another partition to shrink
If you just want to get some free space, no matter where the free space from, you can choose another volume to shrink instead of system relative partition.

If there is only one partition on the hard drive where system is installed on, or you just want to shrink system partition, you can try one or all ways below first, then shrink C drive.

Solution2: disable Hibernation
Step1. Use “Windows + X” to open WinX menu and choose Command Prompt, run it in administrator.

Step2. Type “powercfg.exe /hibernate off”and press Enter to disable Hibernation.

Step3. Type “exit” and press Enter to leave command prompt.

Step4. Restart computer and shrink c drive again.

Disable Hibernation

Solution3: disable page file / transfer virtual memory in c drive
Shrink volume Windows 8 the service cannot be started may because there are immovable system files, such as Master File Table - MFT at the very end of the volume.

How to solve this, follow the progress: Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings> Advanced tab > Performance > Settings

System Properties Advanced

> Advanced tab> Virtual Memory > Change

Performance Options Advanced

> Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size > select system drive > select No paging File > Click OK/Apply till you exit all windows.

Virtual Memory Settings

Then, restart machine, delete c:\pagefile.sys file and shrink system partition once more.

Solution4: disable system protection/system restore
Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > System Protection > Configure

System Protection

>check Turn off system protection (For c drive).

Disable System Protection

Restart computer and do shrink again.

Solution5: defrag C partition
Step1. In My Computer, right click Partition C and select Properties.

Step2. In the pop up window, select Tool tab to defrag c partition.

Defrag Drive

Step3. Restart and try to shrink c partition.

Solution6: check disk C
Shrink volume grayed out problem may also be caused by corrupted drive or incorrect permission. Therefore, you are suggested to first check the disk for possible error.

Step1. Run CMD as administrator.


Step2. Type “chkdsk /f /r”and press Enter.


Step3. Type “Y” and press Enter.

CMD Check Disk

Step4. Type “exit” to leave CMD.

Step5.Restart the computer and try to shrink system drive again.

Or, check disk by disk properties tools.

Check Disk

Solution7: disable kernel memory dump
Computer > Properties > Advanced system settings > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Settings

Startup and Recovery

> Write debugging information > None

None Write Debugging Infomation

Finally, restart computer to shrink C Disk.

Note: Remember to re-enable and recover all the above settings you have done to your computer after successfully shrinking system c partition.

Conclusion
If you shrink volume windows 8 using DM and encounter above problem, you can try one or several solutions above first and try again. Or, instead of trouble yourself to change settings to your computer, just use AOMEI Partition Assistant to shrink drive in any Windows OS, such as shrink volume Windows 10.

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