Guidelines on How to Partition a Hard Drive by Creating, Deleting, Formatting and Resizing Partition

At present, the disk with 2048GB can be seen everywhere with the expansion of computer disk space, so to partition a hard drive with a large amount of space become more and more urgent. Next, go and find some detailed answers about how to partition a hard disk.

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1. How to partition a hard drive?
2. Resize partition for one hard drive
3. Create partition on hard drive
4. Delete partition on hard drive
5. Format partition on hard drive
6. Why partition a hard drive
7. Partition a hard drive summary

What is Disk Partition?

Partition, namely, an independent part of hard drive, in general, it has two partitions in one disk, one is used for installing operating system, another is used for storing data or files. In such circumstance, if one partition has something wrong, the other will not be affected. If you need, you also could create more partitions to store your data and files with classification. Commonly, you must partition a hard disk to store data when you purchased a new hard drive.

How to Partition a Hard Drive?

The most of common operation to partition a hard drive includes create, delete, format, and adjust partition size. To attain these objectives, here will be introduced a featured software---AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition, the outstanding Windows partition manager. And here it comes the functions illustrated respectively.

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One: Resize Partition for Hard Drive

Resize Partition also namely repartition or adjust partition size. We postulate that it has two partitions on a disk, C: with 20GB, and D: with 60GB. With AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition, Windows partition manager could extend C: drive to 30GB, shrink D: to 50GB without losing data. Sometimes, we have no choice but using the third party software as the fact that the systems before Windows Vista have no built-in disk management utility to resize operation, such as XP, 2000, 2003, in addition, though Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Server 2008 have some update on these aspects, it is limited and imperfect.

If you don't know how this Windows partition manager to finish the works, read the following demo to extend system partition from 16.37GB to 25.37GB, and reduce D: from 18.00GB to 9.00GB.

To begin with, show you the current disk condition below:

Hard Disk Layout

Step 1: right click D: partition and select "Resize" menu, shrink it to 9GB as the arrow shows in the pop-up interface, meantime, move D: to the right to make the unallocated space stay behind the C:.
Resize Partition

Then, click "OK" on the below view, you will get the following operation condition:
Unallocated Space Near by C: Drive

Step 2: Expand C: Partition to add unallocated space (9GB). Click C:, drag double-headed arrow to right:
Extend C: Partition

Step 3: Finished resizing, get the following layout, click "Apply" on toolbar to operate all procedures.
Disk Layout after Resizing Operation

Just by simple procedures, get what you want!

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Two: Create Partition on a Hard Drive

Create operation is so easy; you have two choices, the first one, use built-in disk management, the second, by AOMEI Windows partition manager. If your disk space was all allocated, AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition is the only solution to solve your difficulties.

1. Create Partition in Windows 7

Note that the operations on windows of Microsoft nearly the same as the operation on Windows 7. Firstly: click right "My computer" on window, select "Manage" to open another window, find "storage" on the left, select "Disk management" on its Subdirectory.

Secondly, select "New Simple Volume" on the unallocated space you wish to create partition; here runs a New Partition Wizard to guide you achieve the work step by step. Refer to the following view:

Create Partition with Disk Management Snap-in

2. Create Partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant

The following articles will help you create partition quickly with AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition. First of all, start up it; right click on the unallocated space, select "Create" on the pop-up menu to get the new window:

Create Partition with Partition Assistant

In the new window, please specify some parameters or keep default configuration as follows:
New Partition Window

After finished, click "OK" and come back to the main window of AOMEI Partition Assistant. Here you must click "Apply" to make your operation run. Later, you could see the new drive in "My computer".

Three: Delete Partition on a Hard Drive

For some unwanted partition, delete it to save your space for other use. Disk management just supports you to delete it without wiping data, if you need to wipe data permanently and anti-data recovery, don't hesitate and just try AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Right click the unwanted partition and select "Delete" to get the new window:

Delete Partition

1. The new window gives you two choices, please select "Delete partition" or "Delete partition and wipe all data" according to your needs.

2. Due to the normal running of system, system boot partition can't be deleted, unless use the "Clear Disk" of AOMEI Partition Assistant.

Four: Format Partition Operation

When we need to change file system (such as reach the conversion between NTFS and FAT32) or wipe data fast, format partition is the method. Take a careful consideration before starting your formatting because all data on the partition could be cleared. Open your computer and select a drive, right click "Format". In the following view, mainly take D: drive for instance. Of course, it is a piece of cake for AOMEI Partition Assistant to format partition.

Format Partition

Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, in main window, right click target partition and choose "Format" in the drop-down menu to get the new window:
Format Partition

1. Partition Label: Type a name if you like
2. NTFS or FAT32: Choose NTFS or FAT32
3. Cluster size: Change cluster size is not recommended here

Why Partition a Hard Drive?

This part will give you some reasons:

  • Make partitions independent. Other partitions will not be broken when one partition destroyed. At the same time, make your data and file group easily.
  • Encrypt to protect data safety. Put all your cryptographic data to one partition, you just need to encrypt this partition rather than all partitions, to do so could not decrease the efficiency to visit other partitions. (Note: you can't encrypt system partition for the normal operation of your OS).
  • Store similar program or games program to one partition, and label them a name to distinguish from others. For an office worker, for storing our files with classification, this is even more important to create more partitions. They will make us work more fluently and easily.
  • When you wish to dual boot or multiple boot, such as bual boot Windows XP and Windows 7, how could achieve it? Well, it is essential to create partitions.

Summary on Partition a Hard Drive

In view of the foregoing, partition a hard drive is necessary for computer users, if you are special with computer operation, create, delete and format with Windows built-in Disk Management Snap-in. If it can't fulfill your request, let Windows Partition Assistant Pro Edition---a kind of integrated Windows partition manager software to help you solve all the troubles.

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Which disk storage type is your hard drive? The article above only applies to basic disk storage. If you also have dynamic disk storage, we recommend AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager which allows you to manage dynamic disk and dynamic volume easily and safely.
  • Resize dynamic disk
  • Extend dynamic system volume
  • Expand/Shrink/Move dynamic partition
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