Updated on July 12th, 2017
This article includes step-by-step guide to resize exFAT partition without losing data in Windows 10/8/7. You can follow this guide to resize exFAT, FAT32 or NTFS partitions easily.
overview on exFAT file system
exFAT, Extended File Allocation Table, is one file system type introduced by Microsoft in 2006 and optimized for flash memory such as SD cards and USB flash drives. Microsoft introduced exFAT file system with Vista SP1, becoming the successor to FAT32 file system.
By default Windows operating system can only format disk up to 32GB only. When the drive being formatted is bigger than 32GB, FAT32 is no longer efficient. What’s more, the maximum file size of a single file on a FAT32 drive is 4GB, which is far from enough in many cases. Thus FAT32 partition is limited with file size it can hold.
exFAT has very large file size and partition size limitation. It allows individual files larger than 4GB, which facilitates a lot. For example, if a long continuous recording of video is larger than 4GB, digital camera using FA32 will break the file into several segments. Here a memory card using exFAT file system will be very useful.
Besides, exFAT owns better compatibility than NTFS. MAC OS X provides read-only support for NTFS, while it is fully support exFAT, including read and write. exFAT can also be accessed under Linux once appropriate software is installed. Therefore, it works with all versions of Windows and recent version Mac OS X.
Issues on resizing exFat partition in Windows
“I have two partitions on my 1TB external hard drive; one is exFAT partition which I want to increase size. But the Extend Volume option in Disk Management is greyed out. Is there any way to extend exFAT partition without losing data? I’m using Windows 10”
This one of the most frequently asked question online. With the increase use of exFAT file system, the resizing exFAT partition is quite useful to many users. Free partition manager can do the resize thing for you. The newly released PartitionGuru Free fully supports exFAT file system. Thus you can use it to extend/shrink/split /resize any exFAT partition, recover deleted files from exFAT drive, backup or clone exFAT disk, etc. The thing is that the resizing process does not affect existing data.
How to resize exFAT partition without data loss in Windows?
- Install and run PartitionGuru Free to your computer.
- Select the partition you want to resize and right click mouse button to choose “Resize Partition”.
- Set partition size and click “Start” partition.
- After a while the resizing process will complete. Please wait patiently when the resizing is ongoing.
There are two ways to set capacity size you want to change. You can drag the double-sided arrow on the partition from the left or right part, also you can enter the exact number in the column and press Enter key. The disk space getting from current can be added to other partition, used to create a new partition or just kept as free space.
In this guide, we cut 75GB from the rear partition of “Software” partition and add this 75GB to “Document” partition. Thus, the exFAT partition will be shrink to 150GB after resizing process completes.
You can refer to this video to resize exFAT partition with ease: