Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Create Partition Without Formatting Full Disk!

This is a very basic thing, that every other computer user needs to do. Most of us are well aware about partitioning our hard drive disc using some third party software and using full OS installation.
There are very few of us who use the given capability of Windows operating system. Which lets us to partition our hard disk drive partially, without affecting the current setup of OS and without completely formatting it.

How to partition using Computer Management?

Step 1] Open Computer Management (Right Click on Computer (Explorer), click on mange, it will open computer management)

partitioning hard drive

 Step 2] Go to Storage->Disc Management

computer management

Now you will see all the disc partitions, allocated, unallocated spaces (with drive name)

Now lets say you want to partition E Drive which is of 221.6 GBs to two smaller parts of around 110 GB each.

Step 3]
 Right click on E drive(or any drive that you want to split into parts) and click on Shrink Volume... (Please Note you will lose data if the drive is full. So if you do not want to lose any of your data, make sure at least half of the drive is empty, because it will format the newly created drive.) 

As you will click on Shrink Volume, it will show you the shrink capability.

After waiting for few seconds it will show an option (to give the partition size)

computer management

Step 4] After entering the size of partition. you have to click on Shrink.

It will shrink the volume into two parts. As described by you in the previous step.
You will see unallocated newly created partition as shown below.

Drive partition

This 110 GB partition is unallocated space. You can not access it untill you create a new simple volume.

Step 5] Right click on Unallocated Volume and select New Simple Volume.

A New Simple Volume Wizard will open, click on Next to continue the process. Next Window will ask for the partition size keep it same to get full volume.

new simple volume wizard

new simple volume wizard

Step 6] Assign drive name from available list.

Create New partition

Step 7] Now you have to select the File System (If you do not have any specific requirement to make it to exFat, then leave it to be NTFS the default one.) And click next.

how to create new partition

Click finish on the coming Window:

how to create new partition

 Everything is done, it will take some time to format the newly created simple volume. Once the formatting is completed you will be able to use this newly created drive.

This is the procedure to create partition. You can use computer management to merge two volumes. To do so you will have to delete one volume and then extend other volume so that it can get that freely available space that you have deleted.

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