How to partition a hard drive in Windows 10

If you recently bought a new Windows 10 PC, there is a fair chance that the hard drive of the device was not partitioned at the factory. It is always recommended to partition your hard drive so you can separate system files from your own personal files. By default, all your system files are included in C: drive, and it could be the only system drive on your computer right now.

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Apart from separating your files, a partition has other benefits as well. If your system files as well as documents, photos and personal files are in the same drive and the operating system gets corrupted, then you lose everything. As a result, it is always recommended not to put all your eggs in one basket, and partition your C drive.

If your PC is running Windows 10 then you can split the hard drive on your own. It could be because of this simplicity that OEMs don’t do that at factory anymore. You can either use the native disk management tool or use a third-party software. We recommend Windows disk management and here is how. Before we proceed, it is recommended to back up your data on the disk that you are going to partition, just to be safe.

How to partition a hard drive in Windows 10

  1. Start your computer and press the Windows + R key to open the run utility. You can also click on search and type run from the Start Menu.
  2. One run utility is open, type “diskmgmt.msc” in the field next to Open and then press Ok.Windows 10 Partition
  3. Now, you will see a menu with a list of all your hard drives. Right click on the drive that you want to partition and select “Shrink volume”.
  4. You will now be asked how much you want the drive to shrink. This amount that you will specify on the field is in MB and will denote the space for your new partition. The “total size after shrink” is the space left in the original drive after partition.
  5. Press Shrink.Windows 10 Partition
  6. You will see a new box appear in the disk management utility called “Unallocated” at the bottom of the management window. It will also show the amount you selected for shrink in the previous step.Windows 10 Partition
  7. Now, right click on this partition and select “New Simple Volume”.Windows 10 Partition
  8. You will see the hard drive partition wizard pop up and simply follow the instructions.
  9. This wizard will allow you to name the drive and set the size of this partition.Windows 10 Partition
  10. In the next screen, you will be asked to select the format in which you want this new partition to be in. It is widely accepted that NTFS is the format for hard drive and FAT32 is for USB flash drive.Windows 10 Partition
  11. Press Next.Windows 10 Partition

Now, your new drive will open as a file explorer window and if you are still in disk management, you can see it as a new partition. Depending on your hard disk capacity, you can create multiple Windows 10 partitions. Now, go ahead and organise your personal files on your Microsoft Windows 10 computer and clear clutter from where system files are located.

Karthekayan Iyer

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