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How to Partition a 1TB Hard Drive in Windows 10

2016-12-27 16:29:03 Posted by Jean to Partition Manager

Summary:
To partition a 1TB hard drive in Windows 10, you can use either Windows 10 Disk Management program or third-party partition manager software. This page only shares the best way to partition 1TB HDD or SSD in Windows 10 with everyone of you.

What's the best way to partition a 1TB HDD?

"I bought a new 1TB Seagate HDD, and I'm confused about how to partition it. What I want is 3 partitions on it. For example, C(250gb or less) for Windows 10 OS and applications; D(around 500gb) for games, movie and media; E(remaining) for files, documents and setups(as backups). So, what's the best way to make it happen in Windows 10?"

It's necessary and significantly important to partition a new 1TB hard drive, external HDD or SSD in Windows 10 into several volumes. For many of us using Windows computers, typically, we have 2 to 4 hard drive partitions, such as C:, D:, E: & F:, and we use each of them for different purposes. C:, also known as the system drive, is for Windows OS installation and system files, the rest are usually data partitions, which we may use them to store a specified type of data.

And partitioning 1TB hard drive in Windows 10 can be done in two ways.

Option 1. Partitioning 1TB HDD/SSD in Windows 10 with the built-in Disk Management program.
Option 2. Partitioning 1TB HDD/SSD in Windows 10 with third-party partition manager software.

Guide: How to Partition a 1TB HDD/SSD in Windows 10?

Comparing the two hard drive partitioning utilities in terms of ease of use, efficacy and popularity, we decide to recommend EaseUS Partition Master, the third-party free partition manager that comes with the best solution to partition a 1TB HDD/SSD in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista.

You're going to utilize two features of the recommended software to make hard drive partitioning happen.

1) Resize/move partition
2) Create partition

Now, follow the detailed guide for how to partition 1TB hard drive in Windows 10 carefully.

Step 1. Right-click on the hard drive partition and choose "Resize/move partition".

decrease partition to create unallocated space

Step 2. Move the double-headed arrow at either end of the partition bar to shrink the partition to the volume size you prefer.

Step 3. Now you got an unallocated space behind the partition. Right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create partition".

create a new partition on the unallocated space

Step 4. When the Create partition window pops out, you can enter a partition label, select a drive letter, cluster size, partition size, partition type (Primary/Logical) and file system from the pull-down menu. While creating partition, you could also resize the new partition to a certain size. Click "OK".

edit partition information to finish partitioning 1TB hard drive

Step 5. Click "Apply" to confirm the operation of partitioning 1TB hard drive in Windows 10.

This is how you can use EaseUS Partition Master to partition a 1TB hard drive in Windows 10. If you need two more disk volumes on a hard drive, just repeat the steps above.