Extend NTFS System Partition Without Restarting Computer?

If you want to extend system partition, do you know whether or not you need to restart your computer? This question is mostly concerned by computer users who don't like to reboot the computer, especially for server users who wish to extend system partition without reboot the computer (have to shut down the programs which running in current operating systems), which may cause clients complaints and cause possible business loss. Sure there is a solution to this problem to help avoid such problems or minimize the loss of the business.

As a matter of fact, In order to extend ntfs system partition, you don’t need to restart the computer with the help of Partition Assistant. And before I show you how it works I would like to keep you informed about the basic knowledge of NTFS System Partition below:

  • NTFS is short for "New Technology File System", which is the standard file system of Windows NT, and it includes later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
  • With several improvements, NTFS volume is able to replace the FAT file system volume as the preferred file system for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems with better performance, reliability, disk space utilization, plus additional extensions. That’s why more and more personal computers and servers are adopting NTFS, both in system partition and in logical partition.

Now we would like to share some of the case studies to explain why you can extend NTFS system partition without restarting your computer. It’s really helpful for you. Please read on.


Here is a case about how to decrease data partition to extend ntfs system partition.

There are two partitions on the Disk 1. One is system partition and another data partition next to system partition. Assume partition C is system drive, partition D is next to drive C.

1. To extend ntfs system partition without reboot computer, you need to close all applications running on the drive D: first, and then launch Partition Assistant. The following is the situation of the disk.

NTFS Partition on the Disk

2. Right click the partition D: and select the menu "move/resize" option.

Right Click Partition D

3. In the Resize and Move dialog, move the mouse pointer to the left edge of the partition. Please drag mouse to change partition size when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.

Shrink Drive D:

4. Click "Ok". Partition layout preview will display an unallocated space is created between drive C and drive D.

Generate an Unallocated Space

5. Right the drive C:, and select the menu "Resize" option, which will open the following dialog. You need to move the mouse pointer to the left edge of the partition, and drag mouse to change drive C: size when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.

Extend NTFS Partition

6. On the above screen click "OK", you will see the drive C: is extended from 17GB to 26.90GB. Besides, the two operations have added to Pending Operations list.

Finish Extension

7. Click the "Apply" on the toolbar, and click "Proceed" to extend ntfs system partition with no required reboot computer.

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