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How to Partition Your Hard Drive?

How to Format Your Hard Drive without Formatting?

Step 1: Right-click on “Computer”.

Step 2: Select “Manage”.

Step 3: Click on “Disk Management” on the left side of the window and you should see all of the disks and their partitions on your computer.

Step 4: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the “Shrink Volume” option.

Step 5: Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000MB=1GB). Then click on the “Shrink” button.

Step 6: You should now see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right-click on the unallocated partition and select the “New Simple Volume” option.

Step 7: The New Simple Volume Wizard should popup. Click on the “Next” button to continue.

Step 8: Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the “Next” button.

Step 9: Select from the menu, a letter name for your new partition and click on the “Next” button.

Step 10: Click on the “Format this volume with the following settings:”
·       For File System, select NTFS
·       For Allocation unit size, select Default
·       For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.
·       Click on the Perform a quick format
·       Then click on the “Next” button

Step 11: Look over your settings and click on the “Finish” button.

Step 12:
·       You will get a popup asking you to partition your new drive. Click on the “Format disk” button.
·       A new window will popup. Keep the settings and click on the “Start” button.
·       A warning will popup. Click on the “OK” button.

Step 13: If everything was done correctly, you should now see your new drive in the Disk Management window.




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