Applies to: Run disk partitioning for free in Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and even Windows Server computers.

Disk Partition Tutorial: 2 Ways to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 11/10

Are you looking for a reliable solution to perform disk partition or make a partition in Windows 11/10/8/7? On this page, we collected two practical solutions to help you partition a hard drive in Windows 11/10 for free. 

Normally, partitioning a hard drive won't cause data loss, but it's still suggested to back up hard drive data in advance in case of unexpected errors happening.

Method 1. Partition a Hard Drive with Disk Management

TIP: the coming solutions are also applicable to the question "how to partition C drive in Windows 11/10 without formatting". Just replace the target drive in the example with the C drive and partition your hard drive via Disk Management

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

Please check if you have unallocated space on your computer disk. If you don't, follow our guide step-by-step. If you do, you can directly jump to Step 4 and continue.

Step 2. Right-click the hard disk partition that you want to shrink, and select "Shrink Volume".

Shrink volume

Step 3. Enter the amount of space you want to shrink in MB, then click on the "Shrink" button.

Enter the shrink size

Wait for the process to complete; you'll get an unallocated volume. 

Step 4. Right-click on the unallocated space on your hard disk, and then select "New Simple Volume".

new simple volume

Step 5. In the New Simple Volume Wizard interface, click "Next."

Step 6. Enter the size of the volume you want to create in MB or accept the default size, and then select "Next."

Specify volume size

Step 7. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different letter for the partition, and then select "Next".

Assign a drive letter

Step 8. Set the default file system as NTFS and click "Next" to format the volume.

Format as NTFS

Step 9. Click "Finish" to complete creating a new partition in Windows 11/10.

Click Finish

Briefly speaking, you can create a partition from unpartitioned space with these steps:

  1. Right-click This PC and select Manage.
  2. Then, open Disk Management.
  3. Select the disk where you want to make a partition.
  4. Right-click the Unpartitioned space in the bottom pane and select New Simple Volume.
  5. Enter the volume size and click next, and you are done.

Method 2. Run Disk Partition via EaseUS Free Partition Manager

To some beginners, partitioning hard drives using Disk Management in Windows 11/10 is a bit complex. A more intelligent solution is to turn to third-party free partition manager software like EaseUS Partition Master Free for help.

Download the EaseUS partition manager and apply it to create partitions in Windows 11/10 now:

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Steps to Partition Hard Drive (and Make Partitions) in Windows 11/10 with EaseUS Partition Master: 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master to check for free space at the Partition Manager section.

  • If your hard drive has unallocated space, jump to Step 3 to create partition.
  • If the hard drive has no unallocated space, continue with Step 2.

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

Right-click on the target drive partition with a lot free space and select "Resize/Move".

decrease partition step 1

Drag either end of the partition rightwards or leftwards to shrink the partition size so as to get ample unallocated space. You can visually know how much space you've decreased in the "Partition size" area. Click "OK".

decrease partition step 2

Click "Execute xx Task" and then "Apply" to save all the changes.

decrease partition step 3

Go back to Partition Manager, there should be unallocated space appearing on the same disk and you can continue with the next step to create new partition on your hard drive.

Step 3. Create a new partition with unallocated space on the target hard drive.

 Right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create".

create partition step 1

Customize the partition size, partition drive letter, partition label, file system (NTFS, FAT32, EXT2/3/4, exFAT) and more in the Advanced Settings. Click "OK".

create partition step 2

Finally, click "Execute * Task" and "Apply" to complete creating partition with the unallocated space on your disk. Repeat the steps to partition a hard drive and get many more partitions.

create partition step 3

Video Tutorial: More Tips to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 11/10:

For more disk partition tips, follow this video tutorial and use EaseUS free partition manager to partition a hard drive in Windows 11/10, including extending, shirking, creating, deleting, etc. on your own. 

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Bonus Tips: How To Format Partition (Volume) in Windows 11/10

Microsoft Support also suggests users format the partition to get more free space. If you need to format an existing partition or change the volume format to a new file system, try the following steps: 

Step 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run box, type diskmgmt.msc, and hit Enter.

open windows 10 disk management

Step 2. Right-click the volume that you want to format, and then select "Format".

Format a hard drive partition

Step 3. To format the volume with the default settings (as NTFS), in the Format dialog box, select "OK" and then select "OK" again. You can let more users know about this full tutorial by clicking the buttons below.


Advantages of Disk Partition on Windows 11/10

To most Windows users, only very few of them know the necessity and advantages of making disk partitions in Windows 11/10/8/7. Check out the advantages of partitioning a hard drive on your computer. 

Advantages of Partition a Hard Drive vs. Disadvantages of Not Partition Hard Drive

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Manage data in a clean and logical way:
    Create disk partitions such as OS partitions, personal data volume, media drives, etc.
  • Guarantee data safety:
    Isolate system files from personal data and protect data from OS crashing or system failure errors. 
  • Endanger data easily with only one drive due to OS failure or reinstallation, or virus infection error. 
  • Way too complex to find and manage files with everything saved in one drive.

How Many Partitions Can You Make On a Hard Drive: 

  • On MBR disk, you can create maximumly 4 partitions in total - 3 primary partitions + 1 extended partition, or 4 primary partitions.
  • On a GPT disk, you can create as many partitions as possible with no limitation for the number of partitions.
  • For MBR users who wish to make five partitions or more, you need to convert MBR to GPT

Further Reading: Repartition Hard Drive

Disk Partition Windows 10/11

On this page, we discussed how to partition a hard drive in Windows 11/10. Based on the needs, we introduced two commonly used disk partitioning tools for Windows 11/10 users, including Windows Disk Management and EaseUS Partition Master Free.

As for beginners, free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition, is more flexible and advisable for partitioning hard drives in Windows 11/10/8/7.

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In the end, we also talked about the necessity of disk partitions. We suggest that all of you Windows users take steps to make partitions on your computer so as to manage your OS data, personal documents, and other programs in a safe and sound manner. 

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