How to Partition a Hard Drive- All you need to know

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how to partition a hard drive
how to partition a hard drive

Hard Disk partition can be a hard task to do sometimes even if you are a techie. It’s not very simple to just partition your hard disk storage. It can be due to numerous reasons why you want to partition your hard disk. Some of the reason may include, installing a dual operating system on your machine or customizing your storage according to your needs. In this blog, we will be talking about how to partition a hard drive in easiest way possible. Hard Disk partition can be a hard task to do sometimes.

There are multiple ways on how you can divide your hard disk storage into two. We will be also talking about how to delete the partition if you want to.

How to Partition a Hard Drive

Partitioning a hard disk is never an easy task, hence we will see how we can safely do the above task. First and foremost before doing any activity you should back up all your data because you never know. There is various backup software available which you can see.

Now let’s see all the process step by step.

Step 1: Make a full image backup of the entire drive if you don’t already have one. Disasters happen.

Step 2: Make sure you have enough free room on the existing partition to create the new one

Step 3: Open the Windows partitioning tool. Windows comes with a reasonably useful partitioning tool. It will probably serve your needs, and if it doesn’t, you’ll know soon enough. To open it, type partition into the search bar, then click on Create and format hard disk partitions. (In Windows 8, type partitions—yes, you need the s).

Step 4: Shrink the existing partition. Right-click the partition and select Shrink Volume.

Wait for some time, after that you will be asked to enter the space you want to shrink.

Step 5: Create a new partition. When the resizing is done, right-click the physical drive’s unallocated space and select Simple New Volume.

Now let’s see the other method where we use the disk management tool to partition a hard disk.

how to partition a hard drive

how to partition a hard drive
how to partition a hard drive

There are two ways to open the Disk Management utility.

Option 1: Point to the bottom left the corner or the Start Button with the mouse and right-click. This opens the Quick Access Menu. Choose “Disk Management.”

Resize and Create new Partition without losing Data

Resizing a partition

You can be able to resize existing partitions as you wish. However, not all disk partitions can be resized. You can only shrink a partition that has enough free space and extends one that has unallocated space.

1. Right-click on the drive and select “Shrink Volume” depending on the action you wish to undertake

2. Enter the amount of Space to shrink then Click on “Shrink.”

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Creating a partition

1. Tap and hold (in touchscreen devices) or right-click on the free space. Select “New Simple Volume.” The New Simple Volume Wizard will be opened.

2. Click/tap the “Next” button.

3. Specify the size of the partition when prompted to do so.

4. Choose from the three options you will be given. These are “Assign a drive letter”, “Mount in an empty NTFS folder” and “Do not assign any drive letter or drive letter. Select “Assign a drive letter” then Click “Next”.

5. Choose how you wish for the drive to be formatted. NTFS is the better option since it is the formatting that is the default file system in Windows. It is more secure, fault-tolerant and high performance.

Formatting a partition

1. Right-click on the partition.

2. Click on “Format”. Confirm that you understand that all files will be lost and click on “Format”.

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Deleting a partition

To remove a partition:

1. Right-click/tap and hold on the partition.

2. Click/tap on “Delete Volume”.

This was all about how you can do partition in a hard disk. I hope you like this article and stay tuned for many more such blogs.