My system has three primary partitions: two NTFS (one "system-reserved") for Windows 7 and one ext4 for Linux. How can I shrink the ext4 partition from Windows?

I've tried the built-in Disk Management tool as well as Paragon Partition Manager and MiniTool Partition Wizard, and neither tool seems able to shrink the ext4 partition. What can I do?

  • Why do you have to use Windows? There’s plenty of “live” systems available for both USB drives and CD/DVD. – Daniel B Jul 28 '14 at 9:08
  • You either need to add the drivers required to do this ( which will not happen through the built-in tool ) or use an OS that does. The driver can be added through third-party tools. – Ramhound Jul 28 '14 at 10:48
  • Thanks but I was wondering how to do that. – Morot Aug 4 '14 at 14:33

I suggest you download Gparted or PartedMagic and create a boot disk; then you can shrink any partition you like.

  • This does not answer the OP's question. The question was how to shrink an ext4 partition from Windows. You have suggested creating a boot disk and rebooting, leaving Windows behind. – ChrisInEdmonton Jul 28 '14 at 13:34
  • @ChrisInEdmonton : What's the difference, does the partition need to be shrunk or not? I'm not arguing with you, go on and decrease my credits! – user309101 Jul 28 '14 at 14:24
  • Your approach will certainly work, it's just that it doesn't solve the question posed by the original poster. I'm not sure why Morot needs this to happen in Windows. – ChrisInEdmonton Jul 28 '14 at 14:36
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    That's what I ended up doing. – Morot Aug 4 '14 at 14:34

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