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How to Create Partitions on USB Drive in Windows 10/11 [Full Guide]

Updated by Sherly on Nov 16, 2022

Are you searching for a way to create partitions on USB drive? This page can help you. This page provides three ways to create partitions on a USB drive to manage your USB drive well. First, let's learn the benefits of partitioning your USB drive.

Can I Create Partitions on USB Drive

Sure, you can. Starting from Windows 10 version 1703, Windows supports multiple partitions on removable media such as USB drives. In this case, we can create multiple partitions to make the most of them. But what are the benefits of doing so? Read on.

Mixed OS Environment Available: 

If your USB is in exFAT format and you can use it on Windows 10, but one day you only have a Linux computer around. Due to file system incompatibility, you cannot access the USB files on this new computer. But if you have an EXT4 format partition on your USB, this problem is solved.

Better Management:

Creating multiple partitions is good for you to categorize your files, to be able to access the files you want as soon as possible, and break the limits of different file system types.

However, do you know how to create partitions on a USB drive? Don't worry. In the next part, you can learn three ways to partition your USB drive, including a professional USB partition tool.

How Do I Create Partitions on USB Drive

If you are new to USB partitioning, you may find it difficult. However, in this tutorial, we will explain everything in detail. So just follow the tutorial step by step. First, let's see what the three ways are.

Way 1. Create Partitions on USB Drive via EaseUS Partition Master

Way 2. Create Partitions on USB Drive via Disk Management

Way 3. Create Partitions on USB Drive via Diskpart Commands

Are you feeling difficult to choose a suitable way? Don't worry. We prepare a table for you. You can see that EaseUS Partition Master Free is the best choice since it can finish the whole process within four steps.

Features EaseUS Partition Master Disk Management Diskpart
Operation Difficulty Easy  Medium Difficult
Suitable Users All users Beginners Experienced users
Steps 3 At least 6 At least 6 commands

After choosing the best way, let's start to learn how to use these tools to create partitions on a USB drive.

Way 1. Create Partitions on USB Drive via EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master is a free disk manager for all Windows users, and it supports all Windows versions. Besides, with a clear interface, it is easy to use, and you can create partitions on a USB drive with simple clicks. Now, download this tool and follow this guide to try it.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".

Step 2. Adjust the partition size, file system (Choose the file system based on your need), label, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Step 3. Click on the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button and create a new partition by clicking "Apply".

Watch the following video tutorial and learn how to create a partition in NTFS, FAT, or EXT file system.

Besides creating partitions on a USB drive, EaseUS Partition Master has many other features. Let's learn more about this disk utility.

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Now, click the button below and download this tool to quickly solve your disk partition problems.

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Way 2. Create Partitions on USB Drive via Disk Management

What is Disk Management? It is a built-in utility tool in Windows and can help you manage your disk partitions. In this part, we will guide you on how to use disk management to create partitions on USB drives.

Notice:
Before we start, make sure you have connected your USB drive to a Windows PC.

Step 1. Type "Create and format hard disk partitions" to open Disk Management.

Step 2. Right-click on the unallocated space on the targeted USB drive and select "New Simple Volume."

Step 3. Follow the New Simple Volume Wizard to determine the Volume Size.

Step 4. Assign a Drive letter to your new partition.

Step 5. Determine the file system format you want and click "Next."

format partition

Step 6. Click "Next", then "Finish" to finish this process.

By the way, if you find your "New Simple Volume" grayed out during the process, there is a link to help.

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Way 3. Create Partitions on USB Drive via Diskpart Commands

You can learn how to use Diskpart commands to create partitions on a USB drive in this part. Diskpart is also a good tool to manage your disk partition using commands. You need to be careful when you type the commands since an error may cause severe data loss.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon and choose "Run", type "cmd", and press Enter.

Step 2. Type "diskpart" to launch Diskpart.exe.

Step 3. Hit "Enter" every time you finish typing a command below:

  • list disk
  • select disk 1
  • create partition primary size=20480
  • assign letter=H
  • format fs=ntfs
  • exit

diskpart partition usb

Notice:
You need to replace "1" with the correct disk number, replace "H" with a new letter you like, replace "20480" with the proper size, and replace "ntfs" with the proper file system format you like.

By the way, if you want to delete a partition with diskpart, we also prepare a link to help you:

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How Do I Use DiskPart to Delete All Partitions in Windows?

There are two commands in DiskPart that can be used to delete all partitions on a Windows computer. And each command is designed for different purposes that are listed here.

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Conclusion

This article describes three ways to create multiple partitions on a USB drive. Each method is suitable for a different user. But if you are new to computers or if you are not familiar with computer operations, EaseUS Partition Master is more suitable for you because it is easy to use.

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Also, if you have more questions, please continue reading the next paragraph.

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FAQs About How to Create Partitions on USB Drive

It may be difficult to create a partition on a USB drive if you are new to computing. Hence, we list three other questions and hope they can help you.

1. How do I create multiple partitions on a flash drive?

Commonly, there are three ways to create multiple partitions on a USB flash drive. You can use Disk Management or Diskpart to do so. However, if you are not a computing professional, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to help.

2. Can I have two partitions on a USB?

Sure, you can. You can partition your USB drive and create partitions on it based on your needs.

3. How do I partition a USB drive in Windows 10?

You can use Diskpart to partition your USB drive. Follow these commands:

  • list disk
  • select disk G
  • create partition primary size=10240
  • assign letter=N
  • format fs=ntfs
  • exit

You can replace "G, 10240, N, and ntfs" with the correct letter, volume, and file system format you want.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge.

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