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How to Partition A Hard Drive in Windows 10 [2021 New]

Updated by Gemma on Mar 24, 2021
Written by Brithny

Applies to: Make, create or manage hard drive partitions for free in Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and even Windows Server computers.

2 Reliable Ways to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 10

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

PAGE CONTENT:
Method 1. Use Windows 10 Disk Management - for Experienced Users
Method 2. Use EaseUS Partition Master Free - for Beginners
Important
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 10 without formatting". Just replace the target drive in the example with the C drive.

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 10.

Click Finish

Method 2. Create Partition in Windows 10 via EaseUS Free Partition Manager

To some beginners, partition hard drive using Disk Management in Windows 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 EaseUS partition manager and apply it to create partitions in Windows 10 now:

EaseUS Partition Master Free

  • Support creating, shrinking, extending, merging, moving partitions for free. 
  • Support disk surface test, converting file system, formatting/deleting volumes.
  • Support cloning hard drive, migrating OS to HDD/SSD, partition recovery. (Advanced Features)

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

Step 1. Check for free space

To divide a disk partition into multiple ones, you must ensure that there has adequate free space to be allotted.

Step 2. Shrink a disk partition to create unallocated space

By doing so, start with the "Resize/Move" feature. Right-click on a partition with a lot free space and select "Resize/Move"

decrease partition step 1

Drag either end of the partition rightwards or leftwards so you can shrink its size as the red arrow does, in order 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

At last, you need to click the "Execute xx Operation" on the top menu and then "Apply" to save all the changes. Go back on the main window, there should be unallocated space appearing under the same disk of the shrinked one.

decrease partition step 3

Step 3. Create a new partition on unallocated space

The last step is to turn the unallocated space into a usable partition drive with a recognized file system. Right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create...".

create partition step 1

Customize the partition information by choosing a drive letter, partition label, file system (NTFS, FAT32, EXT2...) and many more settings in the Advanced Settings. Click "OK".

create partition step 2

Finally, cick "Apply" to confirm that you want to create a partition on the unallocated space. Repeat the whole steps to partition a hard drive in many more partitions.

create partition step 3

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

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

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

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 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.

Advantages of Disk Partition in Windows 10

To most Windows users, only very few of them know the necessity and advantages of making disk partitions in Windows 10/8/7. Check out the advantages of partition 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 as OS partition, personal data volume, and media drive, etc.
  • Guarantee data safety:
    isolate system files from personal data, protect data from OS crashing or system failure error. 
  • Endanger data easily with only one drive due to OS failure or reinstallation, 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 GPT disk, you can create as many partitions 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

Go and Partition Hard Drive in Windows 10, Make Use Of Your Drive Now 

On this page, we discussed how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10. Based on the needs, we introduced two commonly used disk partitioning tools for Windows 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 drive in Windows 10/8/7.

In the end, we also talked about the necessity of disk partition. 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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Gemma is member of EaseUS team and has been committed to creating valuable content in fields about file recovery, partition management, and data backup etc for many years. She loves to help users solve various types of computer related issues.

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Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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