How to partition your hard drive in Windows

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here’s how to partition in Windows

Partitioning your hard drive is a great way to organize your files, folders, and applications into their own virtual drives.

Windows Disk Management

Disk Management that can be used to partition and format a hard drive. To partition and format the drive with Disk Management, follow these steps:
Note: Although the below steps are specifically for Windows
Step 1: Right-click on Start, the Windows logo on the bottom-left of the screen, and click Disk Management. Alternatively, use the Windows “power user” menu (Win key + X) and click “Disk management

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Step 2: Select the hard drive you want to partition from the list of available drives

To create multiple partitions, select or type a specific number of megabytes (MB) for the first partition and continue to the next step you’ll need to create some “unallocated space” before you can partition it. Right-click it and select “shrink volume” from the resulting drop-down menu.

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remaining space will display as unallocated space.

Step 3: Your PC will then calculate how much free space you can allocate to the new partition. Once completed, it will ask you how much of it you want to use. If you want to use all the free space on the hard drive, simply click the “Shrink” button. If you want to specify the size of the eventual partition, input it in megabytes in the respective field, before hitting Shrink. The process can take a minute depending on the speed of your drive but when complete, you’ll have a new “unallocated” space shown next to the corresponding physical drive in the bottom-half of the Disk Management screen.

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4: Right-click the “Unallocated” space and select “New Simple Volume” from the resulting
menu.

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Step 5: The Welcome to the New Simple Volume Wizard will open. Click Next to proceed.

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Step 6.Assign a drive letter to represent the volume being created, and click Next. By default, this is the next available letter.

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Step 7 .Next is the File System, which controls how the data is read and written. Set the file system to NTFS, which is the default Windows file system, and leave the Allocationunit size to Default. The Volume Label field can be customized in order to give the volume a desired name, such as My Book or WD Black 1. Check the box labeled Perform a quick format and click Next.

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Step 8.Click Finish to begin formatting the drive.

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Step 9.When complete, the drive will appear with a blue bar as in the image below.

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Follow the on-screen instructions and select the size of the volume (the default will use all unallocated space) and the drive letter.

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