How to Partition Your Hard Drive

Disk partitioning–separating one physical hard drive into multiple independent volumes–can relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches, and thanks to the Disk Management tool included with Windows 7 and Vista, you can perform the task. Here’s how to use Disk Management to make the most of your hard drive.


Step 1: Open the Computer Management tool. Open the Start menu. Type “Computer Management” in the search bar of the Start menu and press enter.

Step 2: Select the Disk Management tool. Click on Disk Management on the left side of the window and you should see all of the disks and their partitions on your computer.

Step 3: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the Shrink Volume option.

Step 4: Shrink the drive. Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000 MB = 1GB). Then click on the Shrink button.

Step 5: Create a new volume. You should now see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right-click on the Unallocated partition and select the New Simple Volume option.

Step 6: The New Simple Volume Wizard. The New Simple Volume Wizard should popup. Click on the Next button to continue.

Step 7: Enter size of new partition. Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the Next button.

Step 8: Give the new volume a letter name or path. Select from the menu, a letter name for your new partition and click on the “Next” button.

Step 9: Click on the Format this volume with the following settings:

  • For File System, select NTFS
  • For Allocation unit size, select Default
  • For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.
  • Click on the Perform a quick format
  • Then click on the Next button

Step 10: Create the new volume. Look over your settings and click on the Finish button.

Step 11: Format the new volume.


To create a partition in fewer steps, you can utilize a third-parity program named Tenorshare Partition Manager

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