How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 8 without Formatting?

Why partition hard drive in Windows 8

Hard drive partitioning can maximize the use of disk space, make it easy for you to classify your files and documents quickly and keep your computer run smoothly. Usually, there are two situations you may want to partition a hard drive in Windows 8: one is your hard drive only has one partition, the other is you just bought a new hard drive. No matter which one you encounter, Windows 8 Disk Management and free partition manager software can guide you through the process to partition a hard drive in Windows 8 without reinstalling system and formatting.

Partition a hard drive with Windows 8 Disk Management tool

This is an example to partition a hard drive which has only one C drive:

  1. Open "Run" by pressing [Win-Logo]+[R]. Then, type "diskmgmt.msc" in the text box and then click "OK". When Windows 8 Disk Management pops up, right click on C drive and select "Shrink Volume".

  2. Partition A Hard Drive Windows 8
  3. In the pop-up window, enter the amount of space to shrink.

  4. Shrink Windows 8 Volume
  5. Click "Shrink" and you will find there is some unallocated space behind C drive. Then, right click on the unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume". Follow the wizard to partition hard drive in Windows 8.

  6. New Simple Volume

Partition a hard drive in Windows 8 with free partition manager software

As ALL-IN-ONE partition manager and powerful disk management tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant also allows you to do the following operation in Windows 8:

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Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition.

AOMEI Partition Assistant

Step2: Right click on C drive and select "Create Partition".

Partition Windows 8 Hard Drive

In the pop-up window, you could select an available drive letter and resize the new partition by manually entering exact size or dragging the slider bar in the middle. Also, click "Advanced>>" and you could enter a partition label, select partition type (Primary or Logical) and file system.
Create Windows 8 Partition

Step3: Click "OK" and you can preview the Windows 8 hard drive has been partitioned. To save changes, please click "Apply".

Click Apply

Compare with Windows 8 Disk Management, the free partition manager software - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is more convenient and powerful to partition a hard drive in Windows 8. Free download and enjoy other benefits.

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