Support to shrink ReFS partition
It's so frustrating that engineers never design anything from a practical point of view. Not everyone has an IT or engineering degree. To have 'simple' and 'common sense' solutions to things seems to be beyond the scope to these people. When designing, or engineering anything it would be very helpful and pleasing to see them release something after having looked at it thru the 'ignornant' eyes of the end user!!!!!!!!!
It would be nice to see some official attention to this. It's been a real thorn in using REFS
I have a use case where I needed to shrink the refs partition in order to create a dynamic disk mirror raid with it. Unfortunately the operation is not permitted. Shrinking a partition is absolutely one of the most useful features.
Shrink, Extend, Move, Convert (command line accept FAT to NTFS but no NTFS to ReFS)
GUI, PowerShell and DiskPART.
Anthony Wall commented
Another justification for this feature... Hyper-Converged Storage Spaces Direct disk pools need to stay below a recommended utilization percent in order to keep the cluster volumes within it online during an unplanned node or disk outage. It is quite easy to exceed this without being warned of the implications and without being able to shrink a volume no easy way to correct it. "Software Defined" is supposed to free us from such old fashioned hard limitations and planning complexities. Dynamically resized volumes would be the next level of course, but first just get the existing PowerShell Resize-StorageTier command supported in ReFS. Until then, please at warnings and a logical disk pool "fault tolerance limit" in all parts of the GUI where volumes can be resized. ;-)
Stephen Barrett commented
I've been bitten by this today - VSS doesn't support Volumes over 64TB (Mine is 65TB) and ReFS doesn't support shrinking the volume.
Now I can't backup any of the VHDs residing on the volume
+1 for this, i wasted 2 days migrating my Windows Deployment VHDX curently hosted on NTFS deduplicated volume, which reduces its size from 600gb to 90gb.After copying data to fresh RESFS volume, and deduplicating it, host VHDX remained at 600gb size!!!And nothing i do would shrink it.
This is just horrific MS,
This just blows my mind! How can you design a new file system, post NTFS, and not include support for dynamically adjusting the volumes?!