Guide on how to partition a hard drive on Windows 10
In this article you will find out:
- what does disk partition mean for Windows
- how to implement partitioning
- how to protect your data
Are you ready? Let's read!
Disk Partition: What does it mean for Windows?
Before using a new hard disk, it must be initialized and partitioned. For the operating system itself and the file system, a disk partition is a separate unit that a user can manage and store personal data on. Usually, a separate partition is created to store system files, designated as "Local Disk" (C:).
This is convenient for computer and data security, because keeping important system information in one place makes it less likely you will accidentally delete or lose something. In addition, this section can be set to limited access, etc. In order to find out how many partitions there are on your computer, you can open Disk Management and see this information.
In addition, having several disk partitions will make it much easier for the user to manage computer data, as well as upload files, personal documents, or games to different disks with custom labels.
Use Windows 10 Disk Management to implement partitioning
You can open Disk Management in Windows 10 in a variety of ways:
- Open Run, enter "Diskmgmt.msc", and click "OK".
- Enter "disk management" in the search box and select "Create hard disk partitions".
Once you open Disk Management, right-click on the partition you want to expand and select “Extend Volume” (for example, partition E). Next, follow the instructions of the Wizard (select the range for expanding the partition, etc.), then just restart your computer and you will see that the partition already has more free space.
Alternatively, you can shrink one of the partitions and use the freed up space to create another partition:
1. Right-click on the hard disk partition and select "Shrink Volume".
2. Decide on the volume you want to reduce (the volume should be in MB). Then click the Compress button.
3. Now right-click the unallocated space, then click "New Simple Volume". Next, the Wizard for creating a new simple volume will help you complete the work you have started (you will need to assign a drive letter and format the partition to the NTFS file system by default).
This way, you can create as many sections as you like. You just need to be careful about your data during the reallocation of space, as it may get lost.
Protect your data with Partition Recovery
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