The first you should do after buying a new Windows PC is create a hard drive partition. If you don’t know about hard drive partition, it’s nothing but dividing one large storage drive into multiple smaller drives. It allows you to keep your personal files separate from your local C: drive and store files more efficiently. Here’s how to partition a hard drive on Windows 10/11.
Why hard drive partition?
Besides separating files from C: drive, there are several other benefits of partitioning a hard drive.
- Protects your personal files if your PC somehow gets corrupted.
- Allows you to format/reset the Windows 10/11 operating system without losing your separate drive files.
- Overall, it does not affect Windows performance over time.
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Here’s how to partition the hard drive in Windows 10/11:
You don’t need a degree in computer science or be a computer geek to do this. It’s pretty easy to do. Just follow the given instructions step by step:
Step 1: Search and open the Disk Management tool from the Windows 10/11 start menu.
Step 2: Right-click on your C: drive or the drive you want to partition further.
Step 3: Click on the Shrink Volume option. Now enter the amount of space in MB you want to partition from that drive. For example, enter 50,000 MB for 50GB spaces.
Step 4: Then, click on Shrink.
Step 5: It should show a new unallocated space on the drive. Just right-click on it and click on New Simple Volume.
Step 6: It will pop a new setup Wizard. Just click on Next.
Step 7: Here you can modify storage capacity if you want. If not, click on Next again.
Step 8: Now assign the available letter to your new local drive. Or click Next, it will automatically do that for you.
Step 9: You can change the Volume label name from New Volume to anything you want. Then, click on Next.
Step 10: Click Finish to create a new hard drive partition. That’s it.
To confirm that a new drive has been created, click on This PC from the start menu and look for a new drive.
How to Merge Drives into one Drive:
When you create so many local drives, it just becomes a little hard to manage them. But, you get the option to merge drives into a single drive. Here’s how to do this:
Step 1: Open the Disk Management tool in Windows.
Step 2: Select and right-click on the drive you want to merge.
Step 3: Click on Delete and you’ll a get warning. Just ignore it and click on Yes.
Step 4: Now right-click on another drive that you want to merge with.
Step 5: Click on Extend.
Step 6: On the Wizard, click Next. Modify the volume if you want and then click Next again.
Step 7: Lastly, click on Finish to successfully merge drives.
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