How to Partition SSD with Safe and Easy Methods

Jean updated on Aug 23, 2019 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

Shall I Partition My SSD or Not? Help!

SSD is short for "solid-state drive." It uses flash memory to deliver vastly superior performance and durability. SSDs are faster and more durable than HDDs. Thus many people are using SSDs. Nowadays, the capacity of SSD is much larger and many users want to know whether they should partition their SSDs. Here's an example:

"Recently, I bought a Kingston 1TB SSD. And I want to replace the old HDD with it. I was thinking about partitioning it into two partitions, one with about 250GB (250GB with windows boot partition and all) and then use the rest for gaming. Shall I partition my SSD? How to do it?"

SSD partitioning has many advantages, so I recommend you to do it especially when you want to make additional partitions:

  • SSD partitioning allows you to have multiple operating systems on one computer.

It is helpful if you want to run two versions of Windows, or Windows and Linux.

  • SSD partitioning enables you to separate system and data.

You can install Windows and your various programs on the system partition and store your data such as games, documents, pictures, music, and video files to a new partition. It is the best way to avoid unexpected data loss disaster caused by system problems. 

For most users, SSD partitioning is not an easy task. It’s not like making folders. You know, creating and resizing partitions is a hassle. Here are two ways to partition SSD - using partition software or using Disk Management.

Method 1: Partition SSD with EaseUS Partition Tool 

The easiest way to partition SSD is by using third-party software. EaseUS partition tool is my suggestion. This software can create disk partitions and manage data storage space easily. In addition to disk partitioning, it has many other useful features:

  • Migrate OS to SSD/HDD
  • Convert Disk/Partitions
  • Format a Hard Drive/Partition
  • Merge partitions
  • Recover lost partitions

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With this tool, you can format SSD to the various file system. Partition SSD to multiple partitions with 4K alignment, clone SSD, merge SSD partitions, etc.  Now you can directly download EaseUS Partition Master and follow the steps to partition it.

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 Windows 10 is supported

 

Step 1: Install and launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Partition Hard Drive

Shrink partition:

1. Right-click on a partition that you want to shrink and select "Resize/Move".

Shrink partition

2. Drag the end of the partition rightward or leftward or adjust the space by clicking the "Partition size" column. Click "OK" to continue.

Extend partition:

1. To extend partition, you need to leave unallocated space next to the target partition. If not, shrink a partition as mentioned above to leave enough unallocated space behind the target partition first.

2. Then right-click on the target partition and select "Resize/Move".

Extend partition

3. Drag the target partition handle into the unallocated space to extend partition. Click "OK" to continue.

Create partition:

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

Create partition on unallocated space

2. Set the partition size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Delete partition:

1. On the main window, right-click on the hard drive partition which you want to delete and select "Delete".

Select parittion to delete

2. Click "OK" to confirm.

Change partition drive letter:

1. Right-click the partition, and choose "Change Drive Letter".

Change Drive Letter - Step 1

2. Click the down arrow, choose a drive letter for the partition, then click "OK".

Step 3: Execute operations

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

In order to ensure the best performance of an SSD, EaseUS Partition Master provides the 4K alignment function to align the 4K sectors on your SSD. You can optimize your SSD with this feature.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Step 1: EaseUS Partition Master again.

Step 2: Select the SSD disk that you want to align, right-click it and choose "4K Alignment".

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top-left corner and click "Apply".  Then, the SSD drive partitions are all 4K aligned with all sectors on it.

optimize ssd with 4k alginment

Method 2: Partition SSD with Disk Management 

This method is used to shrink the existing partition and then use the unallocated space to create a partition. If the SSD hasn’t been partitioned, you can create partitions on it directly. 

Step 1: At the start, type Disk Management and you will see a list of connected hard drives.

Step 2: Right-click one SSD partition and select "Shrink Volume". Enter the amount of space you want to shrink then click on the "Shrink" button. (This would create unallocated space.)

partition ssd-1

Step 3: Right-click on the unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume".

partition ssd-2

Step 4: Enter the New Simple Volume Wizard interface by clicking "Next" and specify a volume size. The size is the new SSD partition size.

Step 5: Assign Drive Letter or Path, then format the partition to the default file system NTFS. Click "Finish" to complete creating a new partition in Windows 10.

partition ssd-3

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose EaseUS Partition Master?

"I've used Partition Master Professional many times to create, delete, format, move, rename, and resize partitions."PCWorld

"Partitioning tools have come a very long since the days of complicated command line utilities and EASEUS Partition Master is one of the most advanced programs available."TECH ADVISOR

"I love that the changes you make with EaseUS Partition Master Free aren't immediately applied to the disks. It makes it way easier to play out what will happen after you've made all the changes."Lifewire

Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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