How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 10 Without Formatting- A DIY Method

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Have you ever tackled with any disk partition problem? Would you like to solve this issue? Then here you’ll find the way to partition a hard drive in windows.  Disk partition or partition divides a section of the hard drive that encourages users to split a computer hard drive into separate drives or parts. This makes a new drive to store all other data. So, in this blog, you will find all the ways to make partitions without formatting.

What does the Disk Partitioning mean?

  • Disc partitioning means creating more than one region on the secondary storage so that each region can be treated separately. These regions are referred to as partitions. It is usually the first step in preparing a newly installed disk before any file system is built.
  • The device can display the partition as a separate disk and show each partition under “Windows Explorer” (Local Disk C, Local Disk D, Local Disk E, etc.). Several partitions are required for the operating system, while data can be stored in the other partitions.


Need for partition a hard drive in windows 10, 7, 8-

Always a system comes with a single partition on hard drive generally C: but it can be very dangerous to store all the data on a single drive. If something happens to the partition index file, your system won’t be able to boot the drive and you won’t be able to access the rest of your files even if you boot on a recovery disk or external drive. So, you need to make partition in Windows 10/7/8. Hence, after installing a hard drive in Windows 10, you need to partition it first.

We normally have to make the Hard drive partition in 2 cases. First, if you purchased a hard drive first you loaded the OS and then needed to partition the hard drive.
You already have a computer system and you would like to use the OS to partition the hard drive. For example, you purchased a new Windows10 pre-installed laptop that contains only one C drive.

How to Partition C drive in Windows 10 without formatting with manual methods?

Method 1: Disk partition C drive using Disk Management

  1. Firstly, right-click on Start Menu then go to choose the “Disk Management” option.
  2. Then select a hard drive to partition. Right-click a partition and go to the “Shrink Volume” option.Right-click and select Shrink Volume
  3. Now, you can change the amount of space to shrink as per your choice on the upcoming box. Click on >“Shrink”.
  4. You will see an unallocated space behind the selected drive after the above phase. After choosing the “New Simple Volume” option, right-click on it and follow the wizard to format and make a new partition.
  5. Next, a simple volume size wizard opens and specifies the amount of space you want to add to this new MB partition.
  6. Hit Next to go on.
  7. Add Drive Letter or Path page will open next, go as it is, and hit Next.
  8. On the Format Partition page pick your preferred settings (leave as default if you’re not sure).
  9. Hit on Next to continue.
  10. In the next step, completing the New Simple Volume Wizard page will open, then hit Finish to create a new partition on the hard drive.
  11. You can use the systems normally after the completion of partition.

Method 2: Partition C drive using Diskpart

  1. Open your PC’s command prompt and type Diskpart.exe.
  2. Then a prompt for DISKPART will open in the form of DISKPART: LIST DISK.
  3. Next type: Select Disk 1 (this step will select the disk and the number of the disk will be entered from step 2).
  4. After selecting disk 1Type: CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY SIZE=10000.
  5. Then Type Exit at the DISKPART prompt.


Final Thoughts

In this blog, we’ve sorted out the “how to partition a hard drive in Windows” query with two manual approaches. It is recommended that you use any of the above methods that are most appropriate for you. Also, please read the reasons for the importance of disk partitioning as discussed above. If somehow the Windows data got corrupted or unavailable after partitioning then don’t panic and use the Windows Data Recovery expert solution to recover the data first. Try not to perform any operation during the data loss. Thank You.

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