Most of us are using multiple partitions in our computer to managing our operating systems, personal files, official files, etc. Maintaining partition is not an easy task for everyone. Sometimes we need to create new partition, otherwise we may resize the existing partitions, etc. Some may not be familiar with managing partitions. Hence, this guide is going to teach you how to manage your partitions.

Manage the partition

To manage partition, you need to access disk management window.
To open disk management utility:

  1. You can go to control panel and search for partition on the search box.

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  2. Pressing Windows Key + X shortcut and choose the disk management utility.

Then you will be directed to a new window. By following some simple steps mentioned below will help you to manage the partition by creating, deleting, resizing, naming partitions, etc.

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Create a partition

When you open disk management utility, it will show the details of the partition along with its name and size.
The space which does not comes under any partition is called as unallocated space.

Step 1: If there is unallocated space, you can utilize that space by creating a new partition. For creating partition, Right-Click inside the unallocated space select New Simple Volume.

Step 2: The new volume wizard will ask you about the size of new partition, it’s system file, and you can assign the drive letter also.

By creating partitions like this, you can categorize your data depending on OS, personal files or office documents. The partition with assigned letter will be seen in My Computer option after creating the partition.

Delete a partition

All the partitions will be listed in blocks with its size and letter in disk management utility. Partitions can be selected just by clicking on the blocks which represents different partition.

Step 1: Right-click on the partition which you want to delete.

Step 2: Select the Delete Volume option, it will delete your partition easily.

The space which was used by the deleted partition will become unallocated space after deletion.

Resizing a partition

The disk management utility will give the details about the space utilized by a partition and the empty space in it. So when you resize the partition, you need to check these details because if the allocated space for a partition is completely utilized and when you try to shrink, it may lead to data loss.

Step 1: Right-Click on the partition, and select Shrink Volume to shrink otherwise to extend your partition you can choose Extend Volume.

Step 2: You will get a box which will help you to set the new size of the partition. Give the values and click on Shrink button or Extend button.

Partition Letter Changing

To change the drive letter, please follow the steps.

Step 1: Select the partition, which you want to change its name and right click on it.

Step 2: Select the option Change Drive Letter and Paths, it will show the drive letter and you can replace it by selecting the Change button.

Step 3: Give the new name and press ok.

Once you have changed the letter, in My Computer the drive letter will be changed according to your suggestion.

Format a Partition

When you want to format a partition, it can be done 2 ways.

  • From Disk Management utility click on the partition which you want to format. Please select the format option, then your computer will ask about the new label for the partition such as which file system you want to use etc. Check the option “Perform a quick format” and click OK.

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  • Format it directly by going to My Computer (PC, Computer, The PC), right click on the drive and select the format option.

Things to remember while managing partition

To keep your partition safe and managing it for long is not an easy task. Normally the users may face problems related to partition loss, hard disk damage etc., so it’s better to avoid these problems. Some of the issues are: -

  • Bad Sectors
  • Virus Attack
  • Power surge
  • Partition become inaccessible due to unsecure applications

You need to be careful enough when you try to make changes in Disk Management utility. Even if you lose any of your partition due to accidental deletion etc, you can always recover your partition using partition recovery software.

To avoid the partition loss scenarios, you should follow the instructions listed below:

  • Use quality anti-virus software
  • Use power backup like UPS to avoid Power surge
  • Avoid using non-trustable applications