How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 7 to Optimize the Computer Performance?

Several Editions of AOMEI Partition Assistant

This article will introduce you the detailed steps to partition a hard drive in Windows 7, and the steps are suitable for several versions of operating system, such as, Windows XP, Vista, 2000, Win Server 2000, 2003, 2008, etc. The list below is the editions of this magic partition manager.

  • Standard Edition: Free software which supports operating system of Win8, Win7, Vista, XP and Win2000 Professional.
  • Professional Edition: It is very powerful and complete in functionality and compatibility, and it can work with Win 8, Win7 (SP1 included), Vista, XP, 2000, both 32 bit and 64 bit
  • Lite Edition: A free partition tool, which can meet the needs of most server users.
  • Server Edition: As a full-featured partition tool, this edition suits Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 as well as Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011.
  • Unlimited Edition: It is mainly for enterprise users without limitation on the number of user in one company.
  • Technician Edition: It is specially designed for IT consultants to provide technical services.

Definition of partition hard drive

Generally speaking, "partition hard drive in Windows 7" consists of some partition operations. For example, extend/shrink, create, and delete/format partition.

The Windows built-in Disk Management also has the functions mentioned above, but compared to AOMEI Partition Assistant, it has some drawbacks. Then, it will be the comparison between these two in the mentioned aspects.

Windows Disk Management V.S AOMEI Partition Assistant

Compared to the snap-in Disk Management, AOMEI does have made significant breakthroughs in disk partition.

  • It can resize volume to an ideal size without limitation.
  • The system drive can be extended by combining "resize" and "move" options.
  • The new volume can be created as either "primary" or "logical".
  • The volume can be deleted directly or wiped, which can prevent the data from recovering

Tutorials on Partition Hard Drive in Windows 7

Download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition, install and launch it. The picture below is the main interface of this tool. With the elaborate prompting, the partition process can be much easier. Here come several examples:

Resize & Move

Resize partition Windows 7

Aim: extend system (C) drive with the unused space in drive F.

Solution: "Shrink" "Move" "Extend"

Steps:

  • Step 1: Right click drive F, select "Resize".
  • Step 2: In the pop-up Window, drag the right side of the slider of drive F leftwards to shrink an unallocated space.
  • Step 3: Right click drive E, select "Move" in the drop-down menu.
  • Step 4: Drag the unallocated space right behind system drive.
  • Step 5: Right click drive C, select "Resize" in the pop-up window. And then, pull the right side of the slider bar rightwards to extend system volume.
  • Step 6: Click "Apply" on the toolbar in the main interface to commit the operations.

Create partition Windows 7

Compared to AOMEI Partition Assistant, the snap-in Disk Management also has the feature of "Create", but it has some limitations. Then there will be two situations that you may come across.

Situation 1: If the disk has already included four primary volumes, the warning as the picture below will pop up when creating a new volume.

Situation 2: If the disk has already included three primary drives and one logical drive, the window below will pop up when creating a new volume with the unallocated space shrunk from the primary drives.

As for the situations mentioned above, AOMEI Partition Assistant will be better choice to create a new volume for Win7. The task can be completed by right clicking the unallocated space, and selecting "Create" option in the drop-down menu. Of course, do not forget to click "Apply" on the toolbar to save the changes.

At the same time, when creating the new volume, the "partition label" "drive letter" and "file system" can be set as well.

  • Label: You can name it according to the category of the drive, such as system, data, etc.
  • Drive Letter: It includes the 26 English letters, and you can choose one in the drop-down menu.
  • File System: There are three types of file system: FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS.
    • Compared to FAT, NTFS is preferred to be the file system of Windows operating system today.
    • FAT is a previous file system which supports some old OS, such as, Win9X, ME, but it does not support single file which is larger than 4GB.

Delete and format partition

Just right click the drive that you want to delete or format, and in the drop-down menu, select "Delete" or "Format".

  • Delete: There are two options, "delete partition" and "delete and wipe all data", and you can choose either of them based on your needs
  • Format: During the option of "Format", you can set the "partition label" and "file system".

At last, click "Apply" to commit the operation.

Summary of partition a hard drive Windows 7

Apart from the features mentioned before, AOMEI Partition Assistant possesses many other functions for "partition hard drives" as well, such as, merge/split; allocate free space, as well as several wizards. You can download this tool, and experience it in person.

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