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Resize an Existing Boot Camp Partition with Winclone 4

Overview

The Boot Camp partition cannot be "dynamically" resized, unfortunately. At least not in a way that is safe, easy and reliable. There are third-party tools which allow resizing the Boot Camp's NTFS partition, but these tools can cause instability or startup failure due to incompatibility with Apple's GPT/MBR partition scheme. If your Boot Camp partition has been resized using a third-party utility, the imaging process will likely fail.

We will demonstrate a step-by-step process to safely and reliably resize your Boot Camp partition and let you reclaim space needed for either Mac or Windows partitions. In this tutorial we will cover the process of reducing the size of the Boot Camp partition, but the same process can be applied to expanding Boot Camp. We will walk through shrinking the current bootcamp partition, creating a WInclone image, deleting the Boot Camp partition, creating a new partition in the desired size, then restoring the Winclone image to Boot Camp. This may sound like a roundabout way of doing a simple task, but it is by far the safest method for ensuring your data and bootable Windows volume remain intact.

Backups

Make sure you have a good file-based backup of all data on all partitions prior to starting these steps. While Winclone has been tested in a variety of setups, there is still a possibility of data loss due to hardware or software issues during the clone and restore process.

1. Open Winclone

Launch Winclone, and your current Boot Camp partition should appear in the Sources list.

2. Shrink File System

If you are going to be restoring Windows on a partition that is smaller than the current partition, you need to shrink the file system first. If not, skip to step 7.
To shrink the Boot Camp file system, click on the gear in the bottom left corner and select Shrink Windows (NTFS) Filesystem...

3. Resize Confirmation

Verify that you want to shrink the file system.

resize confirmation

4. Shrink Operation

The file system will be reduced to the smallest size possible.

5. Resize Progress

If you want to view progress of the resizing process, select Window -> Open Console Log.

resize progress

6. Resize Verification

After the Boot Camp partition has been resized, you will see the new file system size and the enclosing partition size. Note that the file system is now the smallest size available and your resized Boot Camp partition will need to be the same size or larger.

7. Imaging the Boot Camp partition

The Boot Camp partition is now ready to be imaged.

1. Select the Bootcamp partition in the Sources column.
2. Select the Save Image icon in the Destinations window.
3. Click Save Image... button

8. Save

Give the image a name, and save it to a Mac formatted drive. In this example, the image is saved to the Desktop.

save image

9. Image Creation

The Winclone image will now be created. Depending on the size of your Boot Camp partition, this may take a while.

10. Completion of Image Creation

Once the imaging process completes, you'll see the confirmation dialog box.

completion of image

11. Removing and Creating a new Bootcamp Partition

Open Disk Utility in the Utilities folder, select the drive and then select the Partition tab.

Note: If the disk is a 3TB capacity drive or Fusion drive, do not use Disk Utility to remove and create the Boot Camp partition. Use Boot Camp Assistant to remove and add a Boot Camp volume.

remove and create partition

12. Delete Boot Camp Partition

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FILE-BASED BACKUP OF YOUR WINDOWS PARTITION PRIOR TO THIS STEP. This will destroy all Windows data on your Boot Camp partition, and if you are unable to restore the image you created in the prior steps, all data will be lost. Make sure you have a file-based backup of all files on the disk prior to this step.
Remove the Boot Bamp partition by selecting it and pressing the "-" button.

delete Boot Camp

13. Remove Partition

Last chance to make sure you have a good file based backup! Now click Remove.

remove partition

14. Create New Windows partition

To create a new Windows partition, click +.

create new partition

15. Set File System Type

In order for Winclone to see the partition, it must be formatted as MS-DOS (FAT).

1. Select the new partition.
2. Set the format to MS-DOS (FAT)

set file system type

16. Resize Partitions

You can now drag the divider between the partitions to set the size you would like for the Windows partition and the Mac partition.

resize partitions

17. Boot Camp Partition Name

Give the new partition a name to easily recognize it in Winclone.

partition name

18. Apply Changes

Click Apply to resize the Mac partition and create a new Windows partition.

apply changes

19. Verification

Disk Utility will verify the operations that it is performing. Make sure that the Mac partition is being resized and that the bootcamp partition is being added. If this is correct, click Partition.

verification

20. Restoring the Winclone image

Back in Winclone, we are now ready to restore the Winclone image of the resized file system to Boot Camp again.

1. Select Image
2. Select Bootcamp partition
3. Click Restore to Volume...

21. Verification

You will be asked if you want to restore. Verify that the correct Winclone image and destination partition have been selected. Click Restore.

verification

22. Restoring Status

The restoration will start. It may take a while depending on the size of the image. You can see detailed information on the progress by selecting Window-> Open Console Log.

23. Completion and Startup Disk

Once restoration is complete, click Open Startup Disk to select the Windows partition to boot into.

completion

24. Startup Disk

Select your bootcamp partition.

1. Select the Windows folder.
2. Click Restart

Once rebooted into Windows, a disk check will be performed, and then Windows will reboot. After this reboot, Boot Camp should start up normally.

start up disk