How Many Partitions Can Be Made in a Hard Drive in Windows?

I finally decided to partition my hard drive, but here comes the problem: how many partitions can be made in a hard drive in Windows? Then what's the recommended number of partitions? If possible, please tell me how to create partitions on my hard drive using safe ways.

Best Answered by

Roxanne· Answered on Apr 19, 2024

Before going through the details, I'd like to give you additional knowledge about partitions. In total, there are two types of partitions, primary and logical partitions. A primary partition contains a crash dump for the OS and booting process. A logical partition is strictly for storage purposes and aims to store your data. To facilitate your understanding, I will answer your questions in three parts as follows:

Part 1. How Many Partitions Can Be Made in a Hard Drive

In Windows, the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive depends on what partition style your drive is - MBR or GPT. If the size of your hard drive is less than 2 TB, your drive must be MBR. If it is more than 3 TB, your drive will likely be GPT. Check how many partitions can the two partition styles create:

MBR: A MBR drive can create at most four primary partitions, or you can create three primary and one extended partition. (The extended partition can be used to create multiple logical partitions.)

GPT: You can make 128 primary and countless logical partitions on the GPT drive.

You May Like: MBR VS GPT | What's the Difference and Which Is Better

Part 2. Ideal Number of Partitions

Usually, creating two to four partitions can gain optimized performance. Based on my experience, most users with partitioning needs will choose to make four partitions. They can categorize their data into four parts: the Operating System, games, videos/photos, and personal files. Thus, the users can access their data faster and back up an individual partition instead of choosing many files in the one-partition disk.

Part 3. A Reliable Way of Disk Partitioning

Now, you may make up your mind and be ready to learn how to partition your hard drive. EaseUS Partition Master can meet your requirements by creating disk partitions efficiently and safely. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master and follow the simplified steps below:

Free Download 

Windows 11/10/8/7100% Secure

  • Create unallocated space: Right-click a partition with much free space, and choose "Resize/Move." > Add unallocated space by dragging any end of the partition. > Click "OK" to apply.
  • Create partitions: right-click on the unallocated space to choose "Create." > Set the Advanced Settings > Click "OK" > "Execute 1 Task" > "Apply."

People Also Ask

Can I Create Two Partitions From the Drive I Currently Have Without Erasing Data?

Can I create two partitions from the drive I currently have without erasing data? If you don't know the answer, read on and find it in this article. Moreover, this page contains a specific guide on how to do that.


Apr 19, 2024

How Do You Create Partitions on the HDD of a New Laptop?

If you have no idea how to cope with the task - create partitions on the HDD of a new laptop. Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how.


Apr 19, 2024

Why Can't I Open Disk Management

Disk Management is the built-in tool for Windows users to manage their disks and partitions. Sometimes you may encounter it won't open and wonder, 'Why can't I open Disk Management?' Read on and fix the error.


Feb 29, 2024

Can't Extend the C Drive Even Though There Is Unallocated Space

Many users find that they can't extend the C drive even though there is unallocated space. Why and how to fix it? Follow this post and find the answers.


Mar 25, 2024

I Am Unable to Extend C Volume in VM Windows, How to Fix

Unable to extend C volume in VM Windows? If you are experiencing this, this page will cover the workable solutions to help you fix this issue and extend your C volume.


Apr 19, 2024

Windows Can Only be Installed to GPT Disks, What Should I Do

You may encounter the 'Windows can only be installed to GPT disks' problem when installing Windows systems. This article will provide insight on how to fix this error and tips on how to prevent it in the future.


Apr 18, 2024