How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1?
The reason to partition Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive
Why we need to partition a Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive? Hard drive partitioning can make full use of disk space and will be more convenient for us to assort different kinds of files and documents, and make our computer run smoothly.
There are two situations that force us to partition a hard drive in Windows 8 and 8.1.
1. There is only one partition on the hard drive.
If there's only one partition on the hard drive, you need to divide more partitions for difference uses. You may assign one as the system partition and the others as data partitions. This could improve the performance of your computer and make you manage your files in a more efficient way.
2. A new hard drive.
Imagine that you just purchased a new hard drive, There is no doubt that the first thing you need to do is to create several individual partitions. Partitioning in Windows 8 or 8.1 must be easy to achieve with the partitiion software. That'll guarantee you the good perforemance of your computer in the future. Also, for further use, the conversion between FAT32 and NTFS must be completely safe.
No matter for what reason, Windows 8 and 8.1 Disk Management and a third-party free partition manager software can help divide a Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive without formatting or reinstalling systems.
Partition a hard drive with Windows 8/8.1 Disk Management tool
Open Windows 8 or 8.1 Disk Management by pressing "Windows + R" and typing "diskmgmt.msc". In the pop-up window, right click on C drive and select "Shrink Volume".
In the pop-up window, enter the amount of space to shrink.
Click "Shrink" and we can preview an unallocated space behind C drive. Then, right click on it and select "New Simple Volume". Then, we can partition a new volume in widows 8 or 8.1 by following the guidance. More details about partitioning Windows 8 with Disk Management - click here.
Partition a hard drive in Windows 8 or 8.1 with free partition manager software
Although Windows 8/8.1 inbuilt Disk Management utility can partition a new volume, it still has some shortcomings. But, AOMEI Partition Assistant - a professional and advanced partition software, not only includes basic features, but also advanced features, such as Move Partition, Merge Partition, Disk Copy Wizard and so on. Furthermore it can work well with all Windows operating systems.
Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, and then right click on C drive and select "Create Partition".
Step2: In the pop-up window, you can change drive letter and manually adjust the size of new partition by inputting exact size or dragging the slider bar leftwards or rightwards. In addition, you can also enter a partition label, select partition type (primary or logical) and file system by clicking "Advanced>>".
Step3: Click "OK". You will find that Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive has a new partition. Click "Apply" to commit the operations.
The free magic partition software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is more easy-to-use and advanced in comparison to Windows 8/8.1 Disk Management to partition a hard drive in Windows 8 and 8.1. Please free download it and experience the other powerful features.