Most of the new laptops nowadays come with the drive partitioned into only two sections, i.e., C: drive and the D: drive. Suppose the physical disk has a capacity of 1 TB, then most of the space will be given to the C: drive, close to 900 GB and the rest of the storage space will be for D: drive. The only way out is to learn how to create and manage Hard Drive Partitions on Windows 10.
It wasn’t the case earlier. I still remember, when I got my first laptop back in 2007, it came with the drive divided into four sections, C: D:, E: and F: drive so I could store my games, movies and other things in separate computer drives.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter as it’s effortless to make hard d partitions. You can make use of apps like EaseUS Partition Master Free or can do it natively using Disk Management. Here I will be providing you step by step tutorial of how to make a partition on your Windows 10 PC.
Note: Before starting, it’s better to backup all your data to another storage device — step by step tutorial for backup here.
How to Create and Manage Hard Drive Partitions on Windows 10
Here we will use the Disk Management tool to create, extend or shrink, create a new partition in Windows 10. Next, we will use software to do the same thing, and figure out which is more comfortable.
- Disk Management
- Create volume
- Extend or Shrink volume
- Create a new partition
- Partition Manager
- Manag Size
Note: Make sure to always backup data before using these tools. If you end up deleting partitions, the data cannot be retrieved.
Using Disk Management
1] Click on START or fire up Cortana and type partition, and select Create and format hard disk partitions.
2] Disk Management windows will open up, reveal your drive(s), space used, and the remaining space on your hard drive. You can either add a new hard drive, extend or shrink the capacity of the already existing drive, or delete the partition itself.
3] If you want to enlarge or shrink the volume of computer drives, you can right-click on the hard drive partition, and then select Extend or Shrink depending on what you want to do.
4] Suppose if you don’t have enough space to create a new drive, then you will have to shrink the volume from any of the computer drives to free up some space for the new hard drive. To do that, right click on any of the partition > Shrink Volume> Specify the number of Megabytes you want to shrink> and Click OK.
5] You can also delete the Drive just by clicking on Delete volume.
How to Create a new partition
1] Coming off to the main thing, i.e., Creating a new drive. From the right pane, right-click the unallocated area (will have a black bar above) of the hard disk drive in which you want to make partitions, and select New Simple Volume.
2] The Specify Volume Size window shows you the maximum space available in MB. Now, Under Simple volume size in MB field, specify the amount of space you want to assign to this new partition. Make sure you attach it in Megabytes, i.e., 1024 MB for 1GB. Use Bing for your conversion and click on Next.
3] On the Assign Drive Letter or Path page, leave everything as it is, except for the name of the drive. You can select the name of the hard drive from the drop-down menu.
4] On the Format Partition page, choose the settings of your preference. If you’re confused about what to decide to leave it default and click on Next.
5] On the Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard page, click Finish to complete the process of creating a new partition in the hard disk drive.
Using EaseUS Partition Master:
It’s effortless to create a new partition, extend or shrink the size of the already existing partition, or delete the partition. Not just these, you can do a lot of stuff with the help of the app like Migrating OS to SSD, Merging partition, hiding a partition, and so on. Here I will be mainly focusing on creating a new hard disk drive partition.
- In the main window where all your drives are displayed, you will also see your unallocated space, right click on unallocated space and choose to Create Partition.
- Create a partition window will pop up where you can give a name to your partition, label it, choose the File System.
- Under Define size and Partition, specify the size you want to allocate to the drive (in Megabytes). Use bing for conversion.
- Click on OK and done! Your new partition is ready.
Tell us in the comments which one do you prefer, Disk Management or EaseUS Partition Master.