How to partition the hard disk in Windows 10.

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Hi. The hard drive is a must for running an operating system. In fact, all the information related to the system, as well as the programs installed, is dumped on it. In addition, it also serves to store the user’s personal information. Such as, documents, music, photos, etc. As you can see, it’s vital hardware for the performance of the PC. So, keeping all that information together on a single disk may not be ideal. For that reason, some computers have two or more hard disks to store information. However, most users do not have that advantage. But, there is the alternative of partitioning the hard disk. That is, dividing it up to distribute all the data. Or even, to be able to install another system. To do that, Windows 10 has a native tool. In this post, we will see how to partition the hard disk in Windows 10.

How to partition hard disks with Disk Management in Windows 10

You might be a little afraid of the process of partitioning the hard drive. And it’s logical to worry, since some damage to the file system, can leave the system unusable. But do not worry, following the instructions I give you, you should not have any problem. In the first place, it is not necessary to download any third-party software, as Windows has its own tool. This is Disk Management and can be accessed from File Explorer. Consequently, the first thing you have to do is press the Win+E combination. Once there, please right-click on This PC and then select Manage.

From the file explorer, right-click on this PC. Then select Manage.
From the file explorer, right-click on this PC. Then select Manage.

The Computer Management window will be displayed immediately. Please scroll down to Disk Management.

Please go to disk management.
Please go to disk management.

The disk(s) present on the computer will then be displayed. In this case, we will reduce the disk to create a new partition. Please note that it is necessary to have physical space available on the disk in order to complete the operation. Please select the disk or partition and right-click on it. Then select Shrink Volume.

Shrink Volume
Shrink Volume

In this box, you can see the size of the disk before shrinking. In addition to the size available for shrinkage. According to these values, it sets the size of the volume to shrink. After setting the numbers, please press Shrink to start the process.

Please press Shrink to start the work.
Please press Shrink to start the work.

How to create a new partition.

After a few moments, the process will have been successfully completed. Back to the previous screen, the new space gained is displayed. However, it shows the Unallocated label.

Disk management showing Unallocated partition.
Disk management showing Unallocated partition.

Then, please right click and select New Simple Volume.

Start the process to create a new simple volume.
Start the process to create a new simple volume.

Then the wizard for creating a new single volume will start. Press Next to continue.

Press Next to continue.
Press Next to continue.

You can assign the size of the new volume, according to the available free space. Press Next to continue.

Assign the size to the new volume, depending on the free size available.

In the following box, you can assign a letter to the new drive. Once again, press Next to continue.

Assign a letter to the new drive.

After assigning the letter, it is time to format the unit. You can also add a label to the Volume. Press Next to continue.

Format and assign a label to the Volume.
Format and assign a label to the Volume.

Next, check that everything is in order. Press Finish creating the new volume.

Press Finish to create the new volume.
Press Finish creating the new volume.

After a few moments and back to the previous screen, you can see the new volume created.

Disk management showing the new partition.
Disk management showing the new partition.

To view the new partition from the file explorer, please press the Win+E combination.

File Explorer showing the new partition.
File Explorer showing the new partition.

Conclusion

This way we have seen how to partition the hard disk in Windows 10. It is a somewhat long and complex process. But with these instructions, there is no risk. All right, that’s all for now, before I go I invite you to go through our post about installing Ubuntu 20.04 on Windows 10.

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