Disk partitioning is to divide the hard drive into multiple logical units. It enables you to divide your hard drive into multiple independent volumes to relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches and separate your operating system from your data to reduce the chances of your data becoming corrupted. To partition a hard drive in Windows 7 means to divide the hard drive into parts and make those parts available to the operating system. This article will show you a detailed guide about how to partition a hard drive in Windows 7.
Step1: Open the Start menu. Type “Computer Management” in the search bar of the Start menu and press enter to open the Computer Manage Tool.
Step2: Click Disk Management When Computer Management opens.
Step3: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the Shrink Volume option.
Note: Don’t alter the partition named System Reserved.
Step4: Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000MB = 1GB). Then click on the Shrink button.
Step5: Now you can see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right click the unallocated partition and select the New Simple Volume option.
Step6: Click on the Next button on the New Simple Volume Wizard to go on. Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the Next button.
Step7: Select a letter name for your new partition from the menu, and click on the “Next” button.
Step8: Click on the Format this volume with the following settings:
1, For File System, select NTFS
2, For Allocation unit size, select Default
3, For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.
4, Click on the Perform a quick format
Step9: Click Finish to complete the Windows 7’s partition of the hard drive.
Step10: Now, you will get a popup asking you to partition your new drive. Click on the Format disk button and then click on “Start” -> “OK” to format your new volume.
If everything was done correctly, now you can see your new drive in the Disk Management window. For more details about Partition tips, click here.