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How Do You Create Partitions in Windows with Infographics 2023

Updated by Tracy King on Feb 22, 2023

To Reader: This page focus on guiding you to create partitions in Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Vista, XP successfully. 

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What Is a Hard Drive Partition
  • What Tools Can You Use to Create Partition
  • Method 1. Create Partition with Disk Management
  • Method 2. Use Diskpart to Create Partition
  • Method 3. Run Third-party Partition Manager Software to Create Partition

What Is a Hard Drive Partition and Why Do You Need to Create Partitions in Windows

Briefly, the partition is a logical location or directory that Windows users create on a hard drive or SSD disk using disk storage space to save files, store data, and even install programs. Partition is also defined as regions (via Wikipedia) that can be managed separately. 

Creating partitions is the first step of preparing a disk for OS installation or data stored on a Windows computer. To make use of a hard drive or SSD, you'll need to partition the hard drive or create partitions on Windows computers. 

According to the disk partitioning statics as collected in EaseUS Partition Maser as shown here in the infographic, it's clear that creating a partition is one of the top demands around worldwide users:

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So how do you create a partition on disk drives, or how do you partition a hard drive in Windows computers? Following the next part, you'll find a reliable disk management tool for disk partitioning.

What Tools Can You Use to Create Partition? 3 Windows Disk Management Tools Recommend

While searching online, you may have come across the answer to "How to create a partition in Windows" by using Disk Management. Or, some experienced users may also recommend you try the DiskPart command lines for partitioning hard drives.  

So, what tools can you apply to make a new volume on your hard drive or external storage devices? And which one suits you better? Here we collected 3 most commonly used disk partitioning tools that all Windows users can apply any one of them for help:

#1. Disk Management

Disk Management is a system utility in Windows that enables you to perform advanced storage tasks.

                                                                                          - Overview of Disk Management by Microsoft.

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According to the description provided by Microsoft, we can clearly learn that Disk Management is a Windows built-in utility to help people manage disk partitions and even performs some advanced tasks on their storage devices. 

Applies to: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 r2/2012/2008, etc.

#2. Diskpart

The diskpart command interpreter helps you manage your computers' drives (disks, partitions, volumes, or virtual disks).

                                                                                            - Diskpart by Microsoft 

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From this, it's clear that diskpart is an interpreting tool that executes disk partitioning commands in Windows disks, partition volumes, and even virtual disks. 

Applies to: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 r2/2012/2008, etc.

#3. Partition Manager Software

Partition manager software is a disk partitioning tool that helps you execute basic operations like creating partitions on a physical hard drive, SSD, external storage device, or even a virtual disk. 

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Aside from basic disk management, professional partition manager software like EaseUS Partition Master even supports normal Windows users to execute some advanced operations in Windows systems. For example, with a few simple clicks, you can apply this tool to migrate OS to HDD/SSD, clone disk, convert MBR to GPT, etc.

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Applies to: Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and all Windows Servers.

So which tool should you select to create partitions on your computer? And if you need to perform further operations on your hard disk or external SSD, which tool should you choose? Check the comparison table below, and it'll help you learn more about these three disk partitioning tools and decide which is easier to apply:

Partition Tools Disk Management Diskpart EaseUS Partition Manager
  • Create new simple volume
  • Extend Volume
  • Shrink Volume
  • Delete Volume
  • Format
  • Convert to Dynamic
  • Convert to GPT/Convert to MBR
  • Initialize Disk
  • Create primary partition
  • Extend partition
  • Shrink partition
  • Delete partition
  • Format
  • Clean or clean all disk
  • Convert to dynamic
  • Convert to GPT/Convert to MBR
  • Initialize Disk

Basic Features:

  • Create partitions
  • Resize/move, extend/Shrink partitions
  • Copy partition
  • Merge/split partitions
  • Delete volume
  • Format
  • Check & fix error
  • Hide/unhide partitions
  • Wipe partition and disk, more

Advanced Features:

  • Migrate OS to HDD/SSD
  • Clone and copy disks
  • Partition recovery
  • WinPE Creator
  • Convert disk MBR/GPT, Dynamic/Basic
  • Convert partition NTFS/FAT32
  • New Disk Guide
  • Adjust with 1 Click for C Drive Low Disk Space error (new)
  • Expand C with 2nd Disk (new), more
Difficulty Level Medium Medium Easy
Duration 2 - 20 minutes 3 - 20 minutes
  • Basic Features: 1-5 minutes
  • Advanced features: 5-30 minutes
Pros Free Free, command syntax interface User-friendly interface, advanced partitioning features

Which tool suits you better?

  • For a free tool for creating partitions, Disk Management, Diskpart, or a free partition manager software can all work. 
  • Administrators prefer to run Diskpart to fulfill their daily disk partitioning demands.
  • For Windows beginners or to refer to a more advanced and powerful partition manager, EaseUS Partition Master stands out to execute diverse tasks.

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Briefly, Disk Management, Diskpart, and EaseUS partition manager software are 3 top widely used tools for disk partitionings. Now, you've known what tools you can apply to create partitions or manage disk space easily. You can share this with more people who need help in disk partitioning with this infographic here.

This infographic includes 3 disk partition tools that you may like in 2023 with a basic features and advanced features list:

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Method 1. Create Partition with Disk Management in Windows 11/10/8/7

Step 1. Open Disk Management: Right-click the Windows icon, then click Disk Management.

Step 2. Shrink Partition: Right-click Partition > Select "Shrink Volume" > Determine partition's size and click "Shrink".

Shrink partition size

Step 3. Create Partition: Right-click on the unallocated space on your hard disk > select "New Simple Volume" > Next > Enter volume size > Next > Assign the following drive letter > Next > Set file system > Next > Finish.

Complete creating volume

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Method 2. Use Diskpart to Create Partition in Windows 11/10/8/7

Step 1. Open diskpart.

Type Command Prompt on the search box > Right-click Command Prompt and choose "Run as administrator" > Input diskpart and press Enter.

Step 2. Enter command lines and press Enter each time.


Create primary partition syntax:

  • list disk
  • select disk * (Replace * with your selected disk.)
  • list partition
  • create partition primary 
  • create partition primary size=1024 (1024MB is equal to 1 GB.)
  • assign letter=*
  • exit

Create logical partition syntax:

  • list disk 
  • select disk *
  • create partition extended
  • create partition logical size=number
  • assign letter=*
  • exit


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Method 3. Run Third-party Partition Manager Software to Create Partition

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and check for free space.

Step 2. Shrink a disk partition to create unallocated space.

  • Right-click partition and select "Resize/Move".
  • Drag the partition handle to shrink size. 
  • Click OK > Apply.

Step 3. Right-click on the unallocated space and select "Create..." > Customize drive letter, partition label, file system > OK > Apply.

Here this infographic includes the complete procedure of creating partitions using EaseUS Partition Master. The procedure is easy and enjoyable. And you don't need to worry about any data loss issue during the procedure. Check it here:

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Partition Hard Drives in Windows Can Be As Easy As 1-2-3 with a Correct Tool

Disk partitioning is a must for most Windows users, external storage device users, game fans, etc. According to this page, you can get a full overview of 3 partition tools that help you create, resize, delete, format, and even covert partitions on your own. 

To grab an efficient way to create partitions on your computer or storage devices, you must first know every well about your computer skills. Briefly, you need to confirm which type of Windows users that you belong to: 

1]. Beginners; 2]. Experienced or sophisticated users; 3]. Geeks or developers.

And based on the types of Windows users, we re-sorted these three tools that you can find the suitable partition tools immediately:

  • Disk Management - For Beginners
  • Diskpart - For Experienced Geeks, and Developers
  • EaseUS Partition Manager Software - All Levels of Windows Users.

Recommendation: Alongside all types of disk partitioning tools, for an easy-to-use and efficient way to manage disk space, creating partitions, you can't miss EaseUS Partition Master. It works even better than you can expect. 

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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