Are you searching to partition a hard drive in Windows 10? Well, you have landed at the proper place. You can not place all your stuff like operating system, photos, word documents, etc. in one place. So, we need a separate volume to organize the things.
In most of the computers, the C drive contains everything. But what if the C drive gets corrupted all your data will be corrupted so we can shrink space from the C drive to create new volumes. Let us move with the steps to partition the hard drive in Windows 10.
Steps to Partition Hard Drive in Windows 10:
Partitioning Hard Drive in Windows 10
Step 1: Open your ‘File Explorer’ and in its navigation panel right-click on ‘This PC’. From the displayed menu you have to click on ‘Manage’.
Step 2: A new window ‘Computer Management’ will pop up where again at navigation panel you have click on Storage> Disk Management.
you can even directly reach the disk management by getting the command ‘diskmgmt.msc’ executed in the Run window. The interface of Disk Management is as below:
Step 3: Here you will get the list of all the partitions you have on your hard drive. Choose the disk that you want to divide. It is wise to choose a disk with large size as it would allow you to shrink more volume for your new partition.
Choose the drive and right-click on it. From the displayed menu click on ‘Shrink Volume’. In the image below, you can observe that I have chosen a Backup E drive.
Step 4: A Shrink E window has been popped up where I have to enter the amount of space that I want to shrink from the selected drive for the new drive. I want the size of my new partitioned drive to be 5 GB so I have entered 5000 as it is taking size in MB. Once done click on Shrink.
Step 5: In the image below you can notice that the Backup E drive has now been reduced by 5 GB and a new drive is created of 5 GB (4.88).
The process doesn’t end here, we have to format it right-click on the newly created partition and from the displayed menu click on ‘New Simple Volume’.
Step 6: Till now we have only partitioned a disk and now with the help of New Simple Wizard we will create a new volume on the disk. So, to continue click on Next.
Step 7: Next you can decide that from the partitioned disk how much space you want to allot to the new simple volume. I will keep it as it is as I need the size of the new volume to be 5 GB. Click on Next.
Step 8: Further you can assign a letter to a new volume as I have assigned G. Click on Next.
Step 9: Here you can format this new volume by setting its file system, allocating the unit size and even you can name the volume label. Click on Next.
Step 10: Finally click on Finish to retain the deployed settings of New Simple Volume.
As the wizard window is closed you can notice the newly created drive ‘New Volume G:’
If you want to assign a name to this new volume right click on the new drive and click on ‘Format’.
Step 11: In the Format window you can assign a label to the new volume. You can even change the file system and allocation unit size. Click on OK
You can notice the label of the new volume is Phots G:
Reverse Partitioning Hard Drive in Windows 10
After creating a new volume by partitioning the existing drive, if you feel to reverse the partition as you don’t require a new volume you can even delete it.
Step 1: Just open the ‘Disk Management’ and right-click on the newly created volume and then click on ‘Delete’ Volume.
Step 2: It would immediately delete the details of the volume and only the partition will retain.
Step 3: To merge the partition back to the drive from which we had shrunk volume to create a new volume just right click on the parent drive and click on ‘Extend Volume…’.
Step 4: A ‘Extend Volume Wizard’ will open which will help you to extend the size of volume by adding space from one or more additional disks. Click on Next to continue.
Step 5: Here you can decide which disk space has to be added to extend the volume. Click Next once decided.
Click on Finish to end the wizard.
Now you can notice the volume has extended back to the size that was before it was shrunk.
So, this is how you can partition a hard drive and reverse back the partition.