How to Create Partition in Windows 10, 8, 7?

In this page, you’ll learn how to create partition on your Windows computer.

Creating partition means breaking a hard disk into multiple logical divisions. Each section is called a partition. It’s like cutting a pizza into pieces, for the ease of eating.

P.S. If you don’t want to read the article, a video version is available at the end of this article. Scroll down below.

Why partition?

There are many reasons why you should create partition on your hard disk. First is the risk of data loss. If you have a single partition on your computer’s hard drive, your personal files and Windows’ system files reside on the same disk partition. Hence, your data will be formatted when you install a new OS on that same drive. And secondly, it’s hard to manage files in a single partition. You’ll find it hard to organize them in a single drive.

Shut up and tell me how to create partition in windows.

The procedure is almost same for all Windows versions including Windows 7,8 and 10. However, I’m using Windows 10, and these screenshots are snapped from it.

Step 1: Open Disk Management

There are many ways to open disk management interface. Simply open the search box (Windows+S) and type in – Partition. Next, from the search results, click on ‘Create and format hard disk partitions.’ Another way to access Disk Management is by running a command. For that, press Windows+R, paste this – diskmgmt.msc and hit enter.

create partition through disk management


Step 2: Choose and shrink a partition.

I have a lot of partitions already. If your PC is new, you’ll most likely have a single primary partition (and one or more recovery/system partition). Don’t touch the system or recovery partitions. We shall use the primary to create partition.

After choosing your preferred partition right click on it (either from the graphical disk chart or the partition list, both are same). Then from the list select Shrink Volume.

shrinking volume to create partition

Step 4: Choose partition size.

After clicking on Shrink volume, a box will appear with lots of parameters. Here’s what they mean.

1. ‘Total size before shrink’ means the amount of space available right now in that drive.
2. ‘Size of available shrink space’ means the amount of space that you can take away from the old drive to create partition.
3. ‘Enter the amount of space to shrink’ means the space you want your new partition to have. This will be the size of your new partition. Enter an amount here (1000 MB = 1 GB, almost). Remember, it should be less than or equal to the ‘Size of available shrink space in MB.’
4. ‘Total size after shrink in MB’ is the size of your old partition after splitting/shrinking.

Selecting size to partition the hard drive

Step 5: Click on shrink.

After completing step 4 just click on Shrink and wait a few seconds. You’ll then notice an unallocated space in the disk graph (check screenshot below).

unallocated space while creating parition

Step 6: Allocate that space to a new volume.

Now right click on that allocated space and select New Simple Volume. A volume wizard will pop up. Click Next.

new volume wizard

Step 7: Choose volume size.

You’ll be now prompted to specify a size for the new partition. Enter an amount. If you want to allocate the whole unallocated space, select the maximum amount. Then click Next.

Choose size for new partition

Step 8: Name your partition.

In this step, assign a drive letter (e.g. E, F, G etcetera) to your partition. After that, click Next. Now, give your partition a name. To do so, type in a name in the Volume Label field. The name is usually something that will describe the content kept in that drive, such as Music or Movies or Games. Leave other options as they are. Click Next and Finish to create partition.

choose partition letter and name

That’s it. You have successfully created a new partition. I hope the procedure was easy enough. If you are facing any trouble while partitioning your hard drive, tell me in the comments below. I shall help you solving that issue. Or you can also post it in my Facebook group. You’ll definitely get a solution there.


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