Creating another partition other than the only C:\ partition
Edited by Eng, Charmed, Melsan, Lynn and 1 other
Usually when we purchase a new Laptop, it comes with a Hard Disk partitioned as one partition called "C:\", it is very helpful to create another one or two or more partitions. This way, we can save our Data on those other partitions. Thus when we need to format the main partition for various reasons, our data is intact (most of the times, unless a physical damage is the case).
- 1 How to add another partition to your Hard Disk besides the primary partition C:\
- 2 Tips Tricks & Warnings
- 3 Questions and Answers
- 4 Comments
How to add another partition to your Hard Disk besides the primary partition C:\
- 1Partition program, you may Google out those, or you may go to:free partition tool , which is free.Advertisement
- 4This un-allocated space can be used to create an extra partition (or more than one partition if you like)So depending on your space amount and your need, you can create more than one partition. After clicking on "Create Partition", the window of partition properties where you can set the following: Partition Name, New Drive Letter (those are other than actually available), File System (FAT, FAT32, NTFS…etc.), Cluster Size (best to leave it as default).
- 5Bottom part of the window (above picture), determines the size of the partition you are creating, if you leave an unallocated space, you can use that space to create another partition, other than the one you are creating now.
- 6When you have setup your desired settings, click on "OK".This will get you to the main window where you can see the intended changes you made. Those are not yet applied, they are pending your clicking on the "Apply" Button on top tool bar. You can also use "Merge" which will merge two partitions into one partition, or "Delete" which will delete the existing partition and all its content (So be careful and absolutely sure when using this option). As you can see, we have created new partition, and we left an unallocated space to create another partition.
Other ways to add partition without using third party software
This is how you can add a partition on Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers. See the steps below:
- 1Boot up your computer and go to the "Start" button or the "Windows" logo.
- 2Left click "Control Panel" on the list of options.
- 3Click "System and Maintenance" to get in the next page of the menu.
- 4Now, click on "Computer Management".If you're being prompted to log in, then log in.
- 5A window would pop up for "Disk Management".If so, look for a free space box, right click it and select "New sample volume".
- 6Make sure you understand what is in the warning/notice and hit "Next".
- 7Select the size of the volume you want for your new partition.Please note that this is in megabytes (MB) and not in gigabytes (GB). And 1000 MB is equivalent to 1 GB. You may need to select a drive letter from A to Z. You can choose any letter, as long as it's not been occupied by other drives.
- 8In "File Format system," select your preferred system, such as NTFS or FAT32.
- 9Allocate a small cluster size in bytes.
- 10Click "Next" to review the configuration you made and hit on finish
- 11After the configuration, it will now come up with a message that says "Partition configured".You may also check on My Computer to see if the partition has been made.
Adding partition on Windows 8
There are two ways to add a partition on a Windows 8 computer. Like on Windows 7 and Vista, you can use Disk Management, as described above. Or you can use a software application called AOMEI Partition Assistant. You can get it from this link: http://www.disk-partition.com/download.html This program can also be applied to Windows 7. Instructions for using this program are as follows:
- 1Download the AOMEI Partition Assistant from the link above.
- 2After you have downloaded the installer, just install the program to start the process.
- 3Launch the AOMEI Partition Assistant and look for "Unallocated," then right click it, and click on "Create Partition".
- 4Select the configuration you want, such as File System, Cluster size and the storage capacity.
- 5Hit the apply button to start the process and wait for a couple of seconds or a minute to complete.
Adding partition on a Windows XP
There are two ways to add a partition on Windows XP. As with the other Windows systems, you can go to Disk Management, as described above. Or you can use command prompt. Here is how to use command prompt:
- 1On your computer, click the green "Start" button and hit run.
- 2Type in the run box "CMD" and then hit "Enter" or click the "OK" button.
- 3First, type in the command as "diskpart".
- 4Type in the second command as "list disk".
- 5Type the third command as "select disk n".
- 6This is the last step, where you set the side and ID.Now type in "create partition primary [size=n] [ID=byte | GUID] [noerr]" and then press "Enter" to complete.
- 7Go to "Computer" or "My Computer" to check the partition.Advertisement
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- This process is highly critical, and you should make sure you have charged your Laptop battery completely, or that you have a USB attached to your PC. Most of the time, the program can recover power failure, yet sometimes it does not. So it's better be safe than sorry.
- You can do several changes during one process, such as create two new partitions, change the size of an existing partition, or merge two other partitions. Then press the "Apply" button on top tool bar.
- Depending on the changes you made, sometimes a reboot is needed.
- When you merge partitions, the first partition you select will be merged with the second one, and the content of the second will be moved into a folder in the first partition.
- You can only merge two adjacent partitions.
- You cannot merge a NTFS partition into a FAT partition.
Questions and Answers
How do I see the partition on my home screen after creating?
I have created a partition but I can't see it on explorer. I have tried: I have tried making the new partition primary. I think it was caused by: I don't know
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