Today’s short tutorial will tell you how to partition your hard drive. If you haven’t tried this before, make sure to follow our suggestions below. Also, make sure that you create a backup of your irreplaceable files before doing it in case something goes wrong.
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How to create a hard drive partition on your Windows 10 PC
Thinking of having two operating systems on your machine? It’s actually possible even on single hard drive. If you want to have an older Windows version along with Windows 10 on your computer right now, the best way to go is by partitioning the hard drive so you can install a different Windows version. While partitioning a hard drive may sound complicated, the steps are as easy as following instructions. To do the procedure, just follow the steps below.
- Click the Start button or press the Windows key at your keyboard.
- Type in: computer management. This will tell Windows to open the said program.
- Click Computer Management to open. If you can’t see Computer Management program in the search result, or if you can’t open it, that’s probably because you’re not using an administrator account.
- Click Disk Management tab. If this tab is missing, try clicking on Storage instead.
- In the window near the bottom part of Computer Management, click your hard drive’s box. Pick the hard drive you want to partition (if you have more than one).
- Click Action tab at the top.
- Select All Tasks.
- Click Shrink Volume. This option will tell Windows to check how much free space is left in that drive. Afterwards, a pop-up window will open.
- Select the size of the partitions. The units that you can use to determine a partition’s size is in megabytes (MB). So, for example, if you want to divide your 500GB hard drive into 2 equally sized partitions, you must put in 250,000. The maximum number of partition’s size that you can nominate is is stated directly above the field that you type in.
- Once you’ve determined the amount of MB you want for a particular partition, click on Shrink button at the bottom. Windows will then begin the process of segmenting your hard drive. This process may take several minutes so just wait for it to finish.
- Select the new partition that says Unallocated.
- Click Action tab.
- Select New Simple Volume.
- Click Next at the bottom of the window to start the partitioning process.
- Click Next to confirm the partition’s size.
- Pick the drive letter, then hit Next button again. If you want, you can change the drive letter designation by clicking on the drop down box.
- Check the Format this volume with the following settings box. Make sure to select NTFS if the File system box doesn’t say so. Optionally, you can rename the Volume name under Volume label box.
- Hit Next button.
- Finally, click on Finish box. Once your machine is done with the partitioning process, you should be able to access the newly partitioned segment along with the rest of your other storage devices.
Keep in mind that the entire partitioning process can vary depending on the size of the hard drive and the speed of your machine. Some slower machines may take up to several hours to finish this task.
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