As the release dates for games like Red Alert 3, Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 are nearing, I saw the urgent need to increase my boot camp partition which holds my Vista 64-bit installation.
Normally, people would need to destroy their current Windows partition and then make a fresh new installation after using Boot Camp assistant to make a new bigger partition.
However, being lazy as usual (one of my lecturers used to say “lazy is good engineering!”), I did a lil research into resizing my boot camp partition easily without much hassle.
The easiest way is to spend 25 pounds and get iPartition and let the app do the resizing for you. But, what about a more affordable way of doing it?
Enter the Winclone method. Winclone is basically just an app that makes an image of your current boot camp partition and saves it as a file that can be restored later on to a different partition. Below are the few steps you need to resize your boot camp partition using this way:
1) Download Winclone (free, donation can be made for appreciation)
2) Use Winclone to make an image of your boot camp, save it somewhere (i.e. Desktop or an external drive if space is an issue)
3) Launch Boot Camp assistant and restore your hard disk to its original state that has no boot camp partitions
4) Launch Boot Camp assistant again but now let it help you make a new larger (or smaller) boot camp partition
5) Now, use Winclone to restore the image you’ve made to the new boot camp partition
6) Done! Restart into Windows and check if all is well
That’s it, you’ve successfully resized your boot camp partition without having to destroy your Windows installation. Till the next tech tip! ;)
Feel free to post any questions or comments.