Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tips; How to shrink a simple volume, basic volume and a spanned volume on a Windows 7 Disk

In order to manage the partitions and volumes, the Windows 7 Disk Management tool offers you a simple interface. In this article, let’s have an easy way to shrink a volume to free up space to create a new partition on our hard drive.

Follow the following steps to shrink a basic volume, simple volume or a spanned volume:
1.    It is required to type diskmgmt.msc at an elevated command prompt to open the Disk Management console.
2.    Then, you can right click the volume that you wish to shrink and then click on the Shrink Volume option.
3.    After that, in the field provided in the Shrink dialog box, it is required to enter the amount of the space by which to shrink the disk.
You can have the following information from the shrink dialog box.


Total Size Before Shrink In MB Lists the total capacity of the volume in MB. This is the formatted size of the volume.
Size Of Available Shrink Space In MB Lists the maximum amount by which you can shrink the volume. This doesn’t represent the total amount of free space on the volume; rather, it represents the amount of space that can be removed, not including any data reserved for the master file table, volume snapshots, page files, and temporary files.
Enter The Amount of Space To Shrink In MB Lists the total amount of space that will be removed from the volume. The initial value defaults to the maximum amount of space that can be removed from the volume. For optimal drive performance, you should ensure that the volume has at least 10 percent of free space after the shrink operation.
Total Size After Shrink In MB Lists what the total capacity of the volume in MB will be after you shrink the volume. This is the new formatted size of the volume.
4.    Now, it is required to click Shrink. That’s it..!!
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