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How to Partition Hard Drive And Install Windows 10

2016-02-26 10:53:25 Posted by Jean to Partition Manager

Need to install Windows 10 on a primary drive(D, E, F, etc.) but not C drive? Learn how to partition hard drive to get more primary drives and then install Windows 10.

Why Partition A Hard Drive Before Installing Windows 10?

"Hi guys, do you know how to partition a primary drive so that I can install Windows 10 on it? My laptop is with Windows 7 Home Edition, which is factory installed. It has only one primary C: partition. Is there any tweak to partition a hard drive and install Windows 10 without reformatting the hard disk?"

To install Windows 10 on a Windows 7 computer is most probably for the purpose of a dual boot of both Windows operating system, which is the best solution for people who are hesitated to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 but really eager to have a taste of the cheerful new OS. How do you begin? First, you need to create another primary drive from the single primary C drive, and then have a clean install of Windows 10.

How to Create A Primary Partition?

Let's have a basic understanding of a primary partition. What is the term for? In a nutshell, a primary partition is the hard disk partition where both Windows OS and user data can reside. On an MBR disk, there can only be four primary partitions or three primary partitions and one extended partition at most, among which only one primary partition can be set as active to boot operating system at a time. What's more, the primary partition is created on an unallocated space (you can get it by resizing a partition with much unused space) rather than free space (you can get it by deleting a partition).

Now it's time for us to make a primary partition to hold Windows 10 OS and system files. Among all the possible ways, we would suggest you using EaseUS Partition Master, which is selected as the best-in-class Windows 10 hard drive partitioning software that helps partition hard drive and creates as many partitions as you want.

Download and install EaseUS Partition Master on your computer, and learn from the steps in below to make a primary drive and then free feel to install Windows 10 on the newly created primary partition.

  • Guide for partitioning a hard drive and creating an additional one with EaseUS Partition Master

Step One. Make unallocated space

1. Right-click the primary partition and choose "Resize/Move partition".

resize primary partition

2. Drag the double arrow mouse pointer leftwards at the end of the toolbar. Click "OK".

shrink partition to make unallocated space

3. Click "Apply" to confirm the operation.

Step Two. Create a partition on the unallocated space

1. Right-click the unallocated space and choose "Create partition".

create partition to install Windows 10

2. Edit information including a partition label, drive letter, file system, partition size, partition type, etc. Click "OK".

edit information of newly created partition

3. Click "Apply".