It is very essential to create hard drive partitions in your Windows PC. It helps to keep everything neater and avoids having everything in one drive. In case, there is some corrupted files in one of the drives, you can retrieve all the other data separately as they are not affected. In Windows 10, we use the GUID form of partitioning, that is Global Unique Identifier.
Create Hard Drive Partitions in Windows 10
To create a hard drive partition, you can utilize the unallocated disk space or free up some space by shrinking an available partition. Below is a step by step process that will guide you in creating hard drive partitions using the unallocated disk space.
Step 1. Right click on Windows start Button, then Open Disk Management
When you right click on the windows start button, you will be met with many options you can browse with. Open disk management.
Step 2. Check for unallocated disk space
On your disk management, check if you have unallocated disk space so that you can use to partition your hard drive. So if your disk management looks like as shown below, ensure you need to free up some space.
Step 3. Shrink the Available drive
Just like as shown in step 2, there is no unallocated disk space. Hence, to create one, partition the available drive by shrinking it. To do do, right click on the C: and select shrink volume.
Step 4. Specify the Capacity to Shrink
Once you have selected the option of shrink volume and queuing is completed, you will be needed to specify the drive capacity you want to shrink (this should not be more than the available capacity. It also depends on what you want to store in the drive partition you are creating. Once done, hit shrink to actualize the process.
Note; Remember to enter the capacity in MBs, for 3GB= 3000MB
Step 5. Partition the created Unallocated Space
Once the shrinking process is done, unallocated space will be created. Right click on it, then click on new simple volume.
Step 6. Launch the New Simple Volume
On clicking new volume as shown in the step above, a new simple volume wizard will appear. Click on next as shown below;
Then keep the capacity as maximum on the next window; Then hit Next
Step 7. Give drive letter, Volume Label, and Check quick format
You will be needed to assign a drive letter by choosing from the letters of alphabets. On the next window, you can name the volume or leave as is and finally ensure that quick format is enabled.
Step 8. Finish the Changes
To finish the changes made, ensure that you click finish on the wizard window that appears next.
Once this is done, you will get a notification. And drive D: will be successfully created.
Partitioning your hard drive serves many purposes, you can run more than one operating system(OS) on your computer, you are able to keep your files separately depending on how important they are. This reduces the ability of having all files corrupted at once. The following are just a few of the reasons why it is important to have hard drive partitions.