Tuesday, 7 August 2012

How To Create a New Partition in Windows 7

Creating a partition/drive on your hard disk in Windows 7 is as easy as eating a plum cake. The Disk management tool in Windows 7 provides an easy option to create new partitions or modify the existing partitions. In this tutorial we will walk through the steps to create a new partition in your hard disk with Windows 7.

Step 1: Right Click the “Computer” folder (Computer folder can be found in the start menu/on the desktop) and then click “Manage”

Step 2: Now you will see a window as shown below. Click on “Disk Management” option.

Step 3: The window you will see now will display all the partitions that you already have on your system. It also will display the unallocated space (if any) on your hard disk. Right click on any of the unallocated space/Free space (from which you want to create the new partition). Click on the “New Simple Volume” option.

Note: If you don’t have a free space to create a new partition then you can create one by shrinking one of your existing partitions.

Step 4: A “New Simple Volume” wizard window will appear on your screen. Now click next.

Step 5: In this step, enter the size of the new partition to be created.

Step 6: Choose a drive letter of your choice.

Step 7: Format the newly created partition. The file system is set as NTFS by default; however you can change it to FAT 32 or FAT if you wish. Check the box “Perform Quick Format” if you would like to format the new drive without checking for errors. This option can save you some time but it is advised that you check the drive for errors.

In the next screen you will see a summary of all your options. Click the “finish” button and you are done with creating a new a partition/drive for your hard disk. Now you can see your partition listed on your “computer” folder among the other drives.
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