how to create a new partition in windows 10.
How to create a new partition on your Windows 10 computer's hard drive.
To be clear, in this guide we're creating another partition on a computer with a single hard drive. So in effect, we're going to partition the C: drive to create the extra partition.
It doesn't really make any difference whether the hard drive is an SSD or a more traditional spinner.
Maybe you want to install another operating system, or maybe you simply want somewhere safe to store your pictures. Whatever the reason that you want the partition Windows 10 provides a simple to use tool for the job. You won't need to install any third party software.
If you sure what a partition is then click What is a Hard Drive Partition
creating an extra hard drive partition.
Before you do anything at all, please be sure to backup your computer. 99% of the time, you won't need to use the backup, the whole process will just run through smoothly, but there's always that chance....
In File Explorer, you can see only one drive, the C: drive. It's the drive that has got Windows 10 and all your programs and app installed on. As well as all your files (Documents, Pictures etc).
And you want an extra partition.
Click the START button and then type
Press Enter on your keyboard or click CREATE AND FORMAT HARD DISK PARTITIONS at the top of the list.
When Disk Management opens, it'll show you how your hard drive is partitioned right now.
On your drive, you may have several partitions, most of which will be hidden partitions, which were created by your PC's manufacturer to store the recovery files.
A few will have been created by Windows 10 itself.
create space for the new partition.
Before you can create your new partition, you'll need to create some space on the drive for it.
My advice is to not touch any of the extra partitions, just work with the C: drive. That's the partition that is ours. Adjusting the sizes of the others might leave your PC unbootable or unrecoverable.
Right click on the C: drive. On the menu that opens, left click SHRINK VOLUME.
Windows refers to partitions as Volumes.
After a pause, while Windows calculates how much space is available, a window will open.
The top box shows the total size of the C: drive.
The second box shows the maximum space available that you can shrink the volume (partition) by. So this amount is in effect, the maximum size that you could use for the new partition.
The third box is where you'd enter the amount of space that you want to shrink the C: drive by.
And the final box shows the size of the C: drive after it has been shrunk.
Enter the amount that you want to shrink the C: drive by.
This amount that you shrink the volume by will be the size of the new partition that you want.
When you're happy, click the SHRINK button.
A quick note here in case you hadn't noticed. Most of us work in Gigabytes GB when referring to hard drives. But Windows 10 Disk Management is actually working in Megabytes MB.
1 GB equals 1000 MB. So if you wanted a 5 Gigabyte partition, you'd enter 5000. For a 50 GB partition, it would be 50000 MB.
That obviously is dependant on you having sufficient space available.
Then Windows will go to work.
How long it will take will depend hugely on your computer, but please leave the machine alone while it does its stuff.
Eventually, the Disk Manager will show your new partition as an Unallocated space at the end of your C: drive.
creating the new partition.
Ok so now you've created some space for a new partition, it's time to create it.
The New Simple Volume Wizard will open.
- Click the NEXT button.
- Allows you to set the size of the new volume (partition) in Megabytes. Assuming you want to use all the space available, click the NEXT button.
- Allows you to set the drive letter. Normally I'd advise you to leave this as is. Click the NEXT button.
You can name the new partition if you wish.
The Volume Label is what will appear next to the drive letter in File Explorer.
At the moment it's set to New Volume.
If you want to change it to something more descriptive, click in the box and type whatever name you want to give it.
When you're ready, click the NEXT button.
As an example, you could type "Pictures Drive", or "Music Files" etc. It's really up to you, you don't have to name it all, New Volume will work just fine.
The final window is the confirmation window of what's going to happen.
Check through the details by using the scroll bar.
If you need to change anything, you can click the BACK button.
And if you're happy, click the FINISH button.
The new partition (volume) will be created and formatted ready for use.
I named my new partition "Pictures Partition".
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