Partitioning in Windows Operating system is not a new feature and can be done easily in Windows 10 as well, for it provides a built-in tool known as disk Management, from where the user can effortlessly create a partition on the PC’s hard drive. On installing Windows 10, the starting installation process asks to create a partition before installing Windows on the hard-drive, this is a process where so many users struggle and accidentally install the Windows on a single drive without making any other partitions in a hard-drive. Making a single drive on your hard drive can be harmful as it can not only slow down the processing speed of your PC but also disorganize the physical space and user can lose his data if the Windows get corrupted, as there was no backup drive created.
If you also created a single drive or just want to create another drive on your PC’s hard drive, then you’re at the right place because, in this article, I will walk you each step on how to make Partitions in Windows 10.
So let’s start with the stepwise guide.
Step 1: Open Disk Management
From taskbar click on the Windows Search icon and type in “disk management” in the search bar as shown above. Under the Best match click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” as highlighted above.
After clicking on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” option, Disk Management window will launch up as shown above. From the Disk Management tool, you can see the listed drives created on your hard drive. Each drive is separated by layout; Type; File System; Status; Capacity; Free Space and % Free column as highlighted above. From Free Space and % Free column, you can easily find out which drive has more space to be utilized for partitioning.
Step 2: Make Partition
In our case, we have our (E:) drive who has most of the free space so, we will create a partition on it but before that, we have to shrink the drive to create unallocated space on the disk. It can be a different scenario with you but the steps are the same for each drive. Right-click on the drive you want to create a partition on as shown above. From the context menu, click on the Shrink Volume option as highlighted above.
After clicking on the Shrink Volume option, a dialog box will pop up as shown above. From the Shrink X: dialog box you can see:
- Total size before shrink in MB option, which is showing the max amount of the space on the drive.
- Size of available shrink space in MB option shows you the maximum amount of space that can be partitioned to create the drive.
- In the “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB” option, you have to enter the amount in MBs in order to create a drive.
Now simply enter the desired amount in MBs according to the available space, in our case we want to make a partition of 70 GB from the 146 GB available space. After entering the amount, click on the Shrink button to proceed.
After hitting the Shrink button you can see that the prescribed amount of space is now unallocated on the disk as highlighted above. Now, this unallocated space can be utilized to create a new drive.
Step 3: Create Drive on Disk
To make a new drive, Right-click on the unallocated space as shown above. Now from the menu, click on the “New Simple Volume…” option as highlighted above.
Now, you can see a “New Simple Volume Wizard” windows has now launched as shown above. From the Welcome phase, click on the Next> button as highlighted above.
In the Specify Volume Size phase, you can see the Maximum disk space in MBs that can be utilized to make a new drive. Leave the simple volume size in MB option to default if you want to use the maximum disk space or you can type in the desired size according to the maximum disk space as highlighted above. Now, simply click on the Next> button to proceed.
In the Assign Drive Letter or Path phase, make sure that Assign the Following drive letter radio button is selected as highlighted above. From the drop-down menu, select the desired alphabet from the list as shown above.
After selecting the drive letter, click on the Next> button to proceed.
In the Format Partition phase, make sure that “Format this volume with the following settings” radio button is selected as shown above. Under the settings let the options to be set as default but you can erase the default Volume label if you don’t want to see it written alongside with your drive. Now make sure the rest of the settings are same as highlighted above and click on the Next > button.
In the “Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard” phase, it will show you the list of selected settings for the drive. Simply click on the Finish button that will close the wizard to create the drive as highlighted above.
After closing the Wizard, you will receive a pop message from Disk Management as shown above. Simply click on the Yes button to continue creating the drive.
After clicking Yes to the message, you can see a new window launch up on your screen showing you that your new drive is now ready as shown above.
Now, head back to the Disk Management tool, you can see that the new drive is now created successfully on the disk as highlighted above.
That’s it! Hope this helped you in making partitions in Windows 10. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty following the steps, please let us know in the comment section below.