Managing disk capacity can be an uphill battle. Every application or log you add to the system bloats the disk that much more, and Windows 2000 isn't exactly svelte.

When a disk nears capacity, you can take several steps to alleviate the space crunch. One of your options is to resize the partition.

If the disk contains unallocated space or a second partition that isn't near capacity, you can resize the crowded partition to increase the volume size and make more space available on the disk.

One of the more popular commercial partitioning applications is PowerQuest's PartitionMagic. The latest version of PartitionMagic can resize NTFS partitions on the fly without requiring a reboot.

If you prefer a shareware solution, check out 7tools Partition Manager 2004. Although the company offers a free demo download, the demo version will not resize partitions. You must purchase a license to obtain the version that supports partition resizing.