How to use Windows 11 “Disks and Volumes” Settings options to increase a disk volume size

Microsoft has introduced new settings to manage the disks and volumes in Windows 11. They offer many possibilities and we are going to see mow how to expand a disk volume size in this tutorial.

In a previous tutorial we saw how to delete an existing volume. We are now going to see how to expand an existing volume to use unallocated space.

The steps described in this tutorial shouldn’t damage your computer and its data as long as you do not reformat or delete an existing volume. Anyway be careful, be sure to understand what you are doing and do it at your own risks. If you are not familiar with the concepts of disks, partitions and volumes or feel unsure about reproducing these steps, ask someone with good computer skills to help you. As always, the author and the website decline any responsibilities about the consequences of trying to reproduce these steps.

First I opened the Windows 11 Settings and I went to the “System > Storage > Advanced storage settings > Disks & volumes” settings (you can see step by step how to do that in a previous tutorial). There was 269 GB of unallocated free space available on the SSD disk after removing an unused volume.

 

269 GB of unallocated free space
269 GB of unallocated free space

I selected the C: Volume I wanted to expand and I clicked the “Properties” button.

Volume C: Properties
Volume C: Properties

I could now access the details of the C: volume. I clicked the “Change Size” button to use the unallocated space available on this disk.

Change Size of C: Volume
Change Size of C: Volume

The “Change Size” window displays the current, maximum and minimum size for the current volume. You can only increase the volume size if some unallocated space is available on the disk. It was the case here and I could therefore expand the current volume size by 269 GB to a total of 476226 MB. If you do the math you will see that 1 GB disk space correspond to 1024 MB with Windows 11. You can see how this work in the “Not all gigabytes are equal” page.

Change Size Window
Change Size Window

I clicked the “OK” button to confirm the new volume size and that information was updated almost immediately on the volume details screen.

Volume size increased to 465 GB
Volume size increased to 465 GB

I opened a “Windows File Explorer” and, as you can see in the next screenshot, volume C: now appeared with a capacity of 465 GB.

New volume size displayed in a File Explorer
New volume size displayed in a File Explorer

As you can see once again, the new Windows 11 “Disks and Volumes” Settings options make the process of resizing a volume very simple.

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