How to Partition a Hard Disk

When you assemble a new PC, one of the first things you do would be to partition your hard disk so that you can install operating system on the first drive and save your music and video collection on another.  Creating partitions has many benefits. While I’m not a big fan of keeping lots of partitions, having three disk partitions is more than enough in my opinion.

Though you can use fdisk and other similar tools to partition your hard disk, my take would be to install the operating system first and then create partitions. So how would you partition a hard disk?

How to Partition a Hard Disk

Though Windows has a built-in tool to create partitions, there is a much better and advanced alternative called Easeus Partition Master to perform various disk related operations. Above all it’s free.

What You Need to Partition a Hard Disk:

  • A Windows OS (already installed)
  • Easeus Partition Master Home Edition

Download the free partition manager and install it. Open the partition manager and follow the instructions given below to create a new partition.

The main window shows all the existing partitions. As you have just installed the OS on a new partition, there would be one partition.

1. Right-click the partition (C:) and select Resize/Move partition.

Easeus Partition Master

2. In the next window, move the slider on the right side to the left till you needed and click OK.

New Partition

3. Right-click the newly created unallocated partition and and Create partition.

Create Partition

4. Enter a partition label (some name you wish).

Dump

5. Click OK.

6. Click Apply.

See how easy it is to create a partition?

Now, if you have more than one partition, you may want to create the new partition either before or after the existing partition. If you want to create it before the partition (left), move the slider on the left to the right until needed and follow the steps 3-6. If you want to create the new partition on the right, move the slider on the right side to left until needed  (as shown in the figure below) and follow steps 3-6.

Creating a new partition is very simple and won’t even take a few minutes.

While there may be hundreds of reasons to have more than one partition in a hard drive, I don’t see any any reason to have just one huge partition. Nowadays, most of the laptops come with just one big partition and the engineers don’t even care to create at least two partitions. Having more than one partition helps you store your data in a more logical manner. You can keep  your music and video rips in one partition and dump everything else in another so that you can access the files easily. Even if your C: drive crashes, which is more likely than the other partitions, your files of the other partitions will be safe.

Have a look at this video to see how easy it is t o partition a hard disk.

If you want to increase  the size of C: drive or any other partition, see How to Increase the Size of C Drive.

    • ivaanfox012
    • March 6th, 2012

    You can use the Windows XP Setup program to partition and format the hard disk. Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive, and then restart the computer to start the Windows XP Setup program. If you are prompted, select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD or DVD drive. If your hard disk controller requires a third-party original equipment manufacturer (OEM) driver, press F6 to specify the driver. At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER. If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you are prompted to repair it. To bypass the repair, press ESC. All existing partitions and non-partitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard disk. Use the ARROW keys to select an existing partition, or create a new partition by selecting the non-partitioned space where you want to create a new partition. You can also press C to create a new partition using non-partitioned space. To create the partition with the maximum size, press ENTER. To specify the partition size, type the size in megabytes (MB) for the new partition, and then press ENTER.

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