Partition Hard Drive in Windows without Formatting
Hi everyone in this article I’m explaining about partition
hard drive without formatting os.
divides a hard drive into several partitions. Partitions are usually created
when the hard drive is first being prepared for usage. Once a hard drive is
divided into partitions, because of later changes on the computer and Operating
System, an administrator or power user will be faced with the needs to resize
partition, move partition, split partition, merge partitions, create a new
partition for Windows 7 dual boot system and so on. So how to partition a hard
drive without formatting the hard drive is very important to manage partitions
for different usage.
Partition hard drive disk with Disk Management:
Windows 2000, Windows XP
or Windows Server 2003 built in Disk Management has the ability to create
partition, delete partition, format partition, change drive letter and so on,
if you want to re-partition hard drive without formatting the hard drive, you
need to use third party partition manager.
Windows Vista, Windows
Server 2008 or Windows 7 built in Disk Management has the ability to shrink
volume, extend volume, create volume, and delete volume, format volume and so
on. If you want to extend system partition, there must be some unallocated
space behind the system partition. If the unallocated space is clinging to
other volume, how to move volume and let the unallocated space be clinging to
the volume which you want to extend? Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or
Windows 7 built in Disk Management has no "Move Partition" feature,
so a third party partition manager is required.
First of all go to “Computer”
and then once you right-click on it another window opens and then you should
navigate to the option “Manage”.
At once a new window
will open entitled “Computer Management”. In this new window click on
“Storage” and then go to “Disk Management“.
The completion of the
second step will give you a view of all the drives present in your computer.
Among these select the
one you want to partition. Then right-click on the selected drive and navigate
to the option “Shrink Volume...”
A new window should open
in which the size of the drive before shrink will be mentioned and the
available space to shrink will be mentioned , and in the next line you will be
asked to enter the amount of space you want to shrink and this will be the size
of the new partition.
Caution: The space you enter must be within the limit of the available space
After entering the
values click on the option “Shrink” and wait for the process to complete. The
time taken for the operation may be long depending upon the size of the disk
and the space to be shrunk. Once the operation is completed a window appears
showing unallocated space and the value is exactly the one you entered earlier.
Select this unallocated space and on right clicking on it click on the option
“New Simple Volume”.
A wizard will open up. Go through the wizard and fill in
the values required. Usually the value needed to enter is the same one that you
entered as the volume to be shrunk.
The drive newly created needs a letter to be assigned to
it. Assign any letter of your choice as it does not make any difference.
A Format page will appear and in it carefully notice that
the File System selected is “NTFS”. After this is done enter a name for your
drive and then click on “Next” and then “Finish”.
You have reached your goal. You have partitioned your
Hard Drive in Windows 7 without formatting your computer and without the use of
any software. Feel free to drop your comments in the comment box.