Please check the hard drive first
to make sure any critical and important data that has to be saved prior to
partitioning. Please note that whatever data is left on the hard drive will be
removed and can no longer be retrieved once partitioning of the hard drive had
Step 2. Use Disk Management
To start Disk Management:
Log on as administrator or as a member of the
Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click
In the console tree, click Disk Management. The Disk
Management window appears. Your disks and volumes appear in a graphical view and
list view. To customize how you view your disks and volumes in the upper and
lower panes of the window, point to Top or
Bottom on the View menu, and then click the
view that you want to use.
NOTE: Microsoft recommends
that you create a full back up of your disk contents before you make any changes
to your disks or volumes.
Step 3. Create a new partition or a
new logical drive
To create a new partition or logical drive on a basic disk:
In the Disk Management window, complete one of the following procedures, and
then continue to step 2:
To create a new partition, right-click unallocated space on the basic disk
where you want to create the partition, and then click New
To create a new logical drive in an extended partition, right-click free
space on an extended partition where you want to create the logical drive, and
then click New Logical Drive.
In the New Partition Wizard, click Next.
Click the type of partition that you want to create (either Primary partition, Extended
partition, or Logical drive), and then
Specify the size of the partition in the Partition size
in MB box, and then click Next.
Decide whether to manually assign a drive letter, let the system
automatically enumerate the drive, or do not assign a drive letter to the new
partition or logical drive, and then click Next.
Specify the formatting options you want to use by using one of the following
If you do not want to format the partition, click Do
not format this partition, and then click Next.
If you want to format the partition, click Format this
partition with the following settings, and then complete the following
procedure in the Format dialog box:
Type a name for the volume in the Volume
label box. This is an optional step.
Click the file system that you want to use in the File system box.
You can change the disk
allocation unit size, and then specify whether to perform a quick format, or
enable file and folder compression on NTFS volumes.
Confirm that the options that selected are correct, and then click
The new partition or logical drive is created
and appears in the appropriate basic disk in the Disk Management window. If you
chose to format the volume in step 6, the format process now starts.