Do you know you can make one hard-drive to function as two? Partitioning a hard-drive simply means splitting your drives into sections (virtual drives) so you can organize your files, applications. It gives your drives that multi-purpose functions for each section of the drive. Fortunately, for the purpose of this article, we have analyzed the steps on how to partition a hard-drive. Though we are focusing on Windows 10, it can work with windows 7 and 8.1 respectively
How to Partition a Hard-Drive Using Windows Disk Management:
One best method you can use to partition your disk-drives or how to partition hard-drive is using the windows disk management tool found in windows. Although some third-party applications have expanded features in which you can work with. Below are the steps to follow:
- Use windows search box at the left bottom of your PC and search for “Disk Management”
- Select “create and format hard disk partitions” from the result box.
- Select the hard drive you wish to partition from the different drives you see
Note: if it is a new drive you are trying to partition, you should skip the next step
- Create some “unallocated space” from your old drives when it appears (the one you had select in the previous step) by right-clicking it and select “Shrink Volume” from the resulting drop-down menu.
- Your PC will then calculate how much free space you can allocate to the new partition. Once it is completed, it will ask how much space you’d want to use
- If you wish to use all, click “shrink” button. But if you need a specified volume to use, input it in megabytes (e.g. 1,025 MB) in the respective field before hitting shrink.
- Wait for the process to complete depending on the speed of your drive. You will now have a new “unallocated” space shown next to the physical drive in the bottom half of the Disk Management screen.
- Right-click the “unallocated” space and select “New simple volume” from the resulting menu
- Follow instructions from the screen and select the size of the volume ( default will use all unallocated space) and the drive letter
- If given the option to format your drive (either new or old), please do so. For file system select “NTFS”. The “exFAT” option is more commonly used for portable devices. You can also add a volume label, name if you choose to. You can also choose to leave “unallocated unit size” at default.
- Select quick format if you don’t have much time to spend.
- Keep on clicking the “Next” button until you finally hit the finish button to create the volume. There we go, you now have a partitioned drive with different sections to store your information. You will be able to see it and all the information about it on the Disk management page.
There are several third-parties alternatives you can use to partition your drives or steps that teach you how to partition a hard-drive but I recommend EaseUS Partition Master Free because I know how good it is. It comes with several features. Feel free to try this out through the steps above if you want to partition your hard-drives…