There are a number of reasons as to why you may want to partition your hard drive. When you buy a Windows PC, it comes with a number of partitions, however, you’ll mostly find a single partition (your C: drive) visible and sometimes a recovery partition which takes very little space.
The C: drive which is the primary drive holds the operating system and also serves as a storage medium for other files and data. It is a good practice to have a separate partition on your hard drive, this helps keep things tidier and more importantly prevent file or data loss which a failure occurs on the primary drive.
Also, if you’re planning to install multiple OS on your hard drive, you’ll need to create separate partitions for each OS and to do this, we’ve written a detailed guide on how to create a new partition in Windows regardless of the version you’re running on your PC.
Steps To Create New Partition In Windows
In this guide, we’ll be making use of a built-in Microsoft Windows utility tool called Disk Management to create and modify partitions on your PC. This tool is completely free and easy to use.
Step 1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the run utility tool.
Step 2. In the run utility search bar, type “diskmgmt.msc” and press “OK.”
Step 3. A new Window (disk management Window) will appear listing all the available partitions on your hard drive.
Step 4. Now, right-click on the C: drive to create a new partition. Upon right-clicking, you’ll see a menu with a few options, click on shrink volume.
Step 5. You’ll be presented with another smaller sized windows asking you to specify the amount of space you want to allocate for the new drive. To make it easier for you — multiply the number of size you want by 1024 to get an exact gigabyte size and click shrink.
Step 6. A new unallocated drive will now be created on your hard drive. We, now need to set up the new drive for use.
Step 7. Right-click on the unallocated partition you just created. You’ll get a menu pop up with an option to create new volume, click on new simple volume.
Step 8. Once you click on new simple volume, a New Simple volume wizard will appear. Follow the simple step by step to prepare the new partition for use.
Step 9. You’ll get to a point where it will ask you to set the following parameters shown in the screenshot below. Set it according to the purpose you are creating the new partition for. You can also assign a name to the new partition here.
Step 10. After following new simple volume wizard through, Windows will now format the new partition for first use. Once this process is complete, you’ll now have a new partition to use for your task.
That’s it. You can now close the disk management utility tool and view the new partition in your Windows file explorer. You may also be interested in our previous article on how to extend a hard disk drive life span, do check it out.
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