Two Ways to Create New Partition on Hard Drive

In order to manage data or files better, we can create new partitions on hard drive to store them. How to create new partition? This problem stumped many computer green hands, included me. Finally, I found two relatively convenient ways to create new partition.

1. Create new partition through disk management snap-in

Right-click "my computer", choose the "manage" option, access the computer management interface, choose the "disk management" option on the left side, to ensure unallocated space appears in the Disk. Then, it is available to create new partition after right-click and choose the "new partition" option on this disk. (If there is not any unallocated space, try to shrink or resize the drive to make an unallocated space via using free Partition Assistant Standard Edition.)

Finish the operation above, then, follow the New Partition Wizard to finish the remaining operations. The New Partition Wizard will ask you to specify the following:

  • The Partition Type: Primary, extended, or logical partition, these three forms to choose.

    Primary partition: A primary partition is a volume you create using free space on a basic disk. Windows and other operating system can start from a primary partition.

    Extended partition: An extended partition is a portion of a Master Boot Record (MBR), which can contain many logic drives/partitions.

    Logical partition: You can create many logic partitions as you like after you have created an extended partition.

  • The Partition Size:The wizard will display the minimum and maximum size for your choice, and you could specify a proper size for new partition.

  • The Drive Letter: You may select any unused letter such as F:, G: , H:, but the wizard will offer a defaulted drive letter for new partition. If select the "Do Not Assign a Drive Letter or Drive Path" option, this will let Windows assign a letter later.

  • Format Partition: The new partition must format so as to store the files and data. The file system, two types—NTFS, FAT32 (NTFS has better security features, the better recovery capabilities after a major crash, and has file-level compression built in. FAT32 is simple and readable to work on many operating systems. If choose the NTFS, want convert NTFS back to FAT32 someday, the operation also can be realized)
Please following the wizard hint, you could create new partition step by step.

2. Create new partition with the free Partition Assistant Standard Edition

Open Partition Assistant (Freeware), select the "Partition Management", and choose the unallocated space and right-click on it, then choose the "Create" option in the drop-down menu.

Then, the partition assistant will remind you to configure the size and the location for the new partition. Include "partition label", "drive letter", "create as…" and "file system". You can choose as your request. Then click "ok" to return the main interface. You need to click "Apply" button on the toolbar to take effect the operation.

Create Partition

Both ways create new partition are no problem. The difference is, the later method can support to create any FAT32 partition more than 2TB in size, but the former one supports up to 32GB only. Besides, Partition Assistant has more features to manage disk partition such as extend system partition, repartition etc. It can work on Windows XP/2000/Visat/Windows 7/Windows 8 and Server 2003/2008. The free edition supports 32 bit and 64-bit non-server windows systems. Click here to download the Free Partition Manager.

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