The Amazon kindle Fire may have 8GB of storage space, but the $199 tablet is partitioned so that some of that space is used by the operating system, about 1GB of available for installing applications, and only about 5 or 6GB are available for file such as music or movies.

But if you think you can do a better job of allocating the space, now there’s a (relatively) simple tool called FireParted that lets you change the size of partitions.

If you want more space for apps, you can increase the data partition and shrink the sdcard partition, for instance. If you need more space for storage, you can increase the sdcard and decrease the data and cache partitions.

Of course, there’s really only so much you can do with the 8GB of storage available on the Kindle Fire, and there’s no way to add an SD card or other extra storage, so any changes you make will be incremental at best. But if you just need a little more space, it’s a heck of a lot easier to use FireParted than to try to edit your partitions using a command prompt.

It’s pretty hard to completely brick your device using FireParted — but if things go wrong you may lose data and you may have to jump through some hoops to restore your tablet to factory condition. So proceed with caution.

In order to use FireParted you’ll need to install ADB and a custom recovery such as TWRP or ClockworkMod. You can follow our instructions for using the Kindle Fire Utility to install those prerequisites.

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