How To Create a Hard Drive System Partition

Creating a system partition is an important skill to have since a partition has multiple important uses. A system partition is sort of like a "separate" hard drive. Under "Hard Disk Drives" on Windows, a newly created partition shows up as a "separate" hard drive from the main system disk. Nevertheless, it is still part of your main hard drive meaning it is subject to any damage or errors experienced by the hard drive. Although a separate partition is part of your hard drive, it can be used to back up any important files in case your operating system crashes. A separate partition from your main system partition is not subject to any damages caused by a crashing operating system. It is only subject to physical damages experienced by your hard drive. Follow these steps to create a new partition.

Step 1:

To quickly access Disk Management, run the following command on Windows Run "diskmgmt.msc." On Windows 7, press the Start button on the left down corner and type the command on the search bar. On Windows 8, hover your cursor on the right down corner, press the search button and in the field type "Run." Once the Run window opens, type the given command "diskmgmt.msc." This will open up Disk Management where we will create our new partition.

Step 2:

Once at Disk Management, you will see all the different hard drives and removable memory devices currently plugged in to your computer. Select your main hard disk, it usually has the letter (C:) assigned to it. Right Click on the disk and select "Shrink Volume."

Step 3:

A new window will open up on prompting you to specify the amount of space to be shrunk in Megabytes. This means, the storage size of your new partition. Keep in mind that 1 GB of space is roughly equivalent to 1,000 MB. So if you want a new partition to have 10 GB of memory, type in 1,000 MB and so on. Once you have specify your storage size, click Next.

Windows 7 Partition Memory

Step 4:

A new partition will be created with the storage capacity you specified in the previous step. There still things we have to do to the partition before we can use it. The newly created partition shows up as "Unallocated" meaning it needs to be formatted and have a letter assigned to it. Right click on the newly created partition and select "New Volume."

Windows 7 Newly Created Partition

Step 5:

A new window will open up prompting to start a Wizard. Click "Next" to access the page where we will select the format type, letter, and partition name.

Windows 7 Partition Wizard

Step 6:

For the "Simple volume" size in MB, leave it as it is. Do not modify it! Click Next.

Window 7 Partition Volume Size

Step 7:

Assign a letter of your choice to the new partition. This letter is used as a "path" so the computer as well as the user can access the partition.

Step 8:

For the file system format, select NTFS, and make sure the "Perform a Quick Format" fox is checked! Once that is selected, click Next.

Final Step:

If you followed the steps correctly, you should see your newly created partition under Disk Management. It should have a blue strip above it and say "Healthy" partition. Otherwise, you might have made a mistake following along the steps or your hard drive could be potentially damaged. Congratulations! You have created your first partition!

If you are experiencing problems creating your first partition, leave a comment below so myself and others can help.

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