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Tutorial for managing partition on external hard drive

Updated on Dec 10, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

Summary:
EaseUS Partition Master is a reliable tool to partition an external hard drive. It is much more reliable and safer than Windows Disk Management.

Q: Hi, I have a new 500GB external USB hard drive and would like to format and partition this external hard drive. How can I do that?

A: Most will come pre-configured as a single unlabelled partition using the FAT32 file system.

If the above answer did help you, then you can try the suggestion now. If not, then you can start to follow the next suggestions to manage partition on your external hard drive now:

N0. 1 Manage partition by Disk Management

Right click on My Computer and then click on Manage. In the resulting application window, click on Disk Management in the left-hand pane. You should see something similar to this:

Disk Management Tool

At the top, you'll see all the logical disks on your system listed alphabetically by the label by default. Below that, you'll see a graphical representation of all the physical disk drives known to your system. If a physical drive has more than one partition those partitions will be shown together on the single physical drive.

1. Remove the Existing Partition

You need to right click on the drive in the lower pane, and you should see this menu:

Disk Management Menu

Click on Delete Partition

The representation of the drive should change from "Healthy" to "Unallocated".

2. Partition The External Hard Drive

Right click on the drive again, and the option "Delete Partition" is now "New Partition". Click on that to set up your new partition.

You'll then be asked to select "Primary" or "Extended" partition. Primary is sufficient unless you plan to put more than 4 partitions on this hard disk. You'll then also be asked how much of the space to allocate for the new partition you're creating.

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 Windows 10 is supported

No.2 Partition External Hard Drive with EaseUS Partition Master

If there is some data on your external hard disk, you will lose all data by doing so, unless you backup them all to another drive. At this time, some third-party external hard disk partition software is needed.

Here I recommend you to use EaseUS Partition Master. This tool allows you to resize partitions on external hard disk easily and without charge. It also supports to manage partition with the latest Windows and you can easily apply its free version to partition hard drive in Windows 10 for free now.

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