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How to Divide Hard Disk with Free Partition Manager

Updated on Dec 11, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

Summary:
How to divide the hard disk into several partitions without data loss and system reinstallation? EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition can divide the hard disk into several partitions and split one partition into several partitions for different usage.

Bigger isn't always better. Today's hard disk comes from the factory formatted with a single partition. If you divide the hard disk into several partitions for different usage, you can make file management much easier and Windows system run faster than before.

A real and common problem to divide the hard disk

"I have Windows XP professional installed on my computer but I don't know how to divide the hard disk into different drives I tried to do the same as per the help menu provided but it didn't work out."

"How to divide hard disk of the laptop into two partitions? I have Toshiba Satellite M-115."

"I have Vista home on my laptop but I have the problem with SQL Server 2005 on Vista, I want to divide the hard disk into two parts and on other to install Windows XP."

There have been a number of questions on how to divide the hard disk. Windows partitioning software works well with new or blank hard disks but is impractical for drives that already hold your applications and other data. If you can transfer the files from the drive and back onto it after the repartitioning, these utilities may be worth using. But this process is complex and slow, it is a time-consuming job.

Free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition lets you easily divide the hard disk into several partitions with simple operations by its "Resize/Move partition" feature even if you have installed the operating system and stored important data on the hard disk. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can resize partitions without data loss.

Divide hard disk with EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition

EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition is a free partition manager, it works well on Windows. The following is the step-by-step instructions to divide the hard disk into several partitions without data loss.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Tips: In order to protect your data, we strongly recommend you backup data with free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free before resizing partitions.

 

Step 1: Locate the drive/partition

Which drive/partition do you want to adjust its size? Right-click on it and choose "Resize/Move".

choose the partition

Step 2: Resize the partition

You can either shrink the selected partition or extend it.

To shrink the partition, simply use your mouse to drag one of its ends into unallocated space. Expand the "Advanced Settings" list, where you can see the exact disk space for each partition. Once done, click "OK".

Fig. 1 Unallocated space before the drive.

drag the mouse leftwards to resize partition

Fig. 2 Unallocated space after the drive.

drag the mouse rightwards to resize partition

To extend the partition, make sure that there is unallocated space aside (if there isn't, follow the above steps to create some). In the same way, drag your mouse towards the unallocated space. Click "OK".

Fig. 3 Add unallocated space into the partition

drag the mouse towards unallocated space

Step 3: Apply changes

At this step, you will see the new disk partition information & diagram.

disk partition information after resizing

To save changes, click the "Execute Operation" button and then "Apply".

apply changes to the partition

After EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition executes these changes, you can see the hard disk has been divided into several partitions in Disk Management.

Besides the Partition Manager, EaseUS Partition Master provides Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk and Partition Copy Wizard features. It is a complete solution to solve your disk and partition problem.