Benefit of repartitioning USB drive (into 2 partitions)
USB flash drive is a popular data storage device for users to transfer data to or from a computer thanks to its compact and portable size. Besides, USB flash drives are relatively durable since they don’t have moving parts.
Repartitioning USB flash drive can divide all the drive space into one or multiple partitions based on personal requirements. However, the capacity of USB flash drive gets larger and larger nowadays; so many users want to repartition USB drive into at least 2 partitions.
The biggest benefits of creating multiple partitions on the USB drive is that users can save different types of folders and files in different partitions, and then they will be able to quickly find out what they need when necessary.
Can a USB drive have multiple partitions?
Before repartitioning USB drive into several partitions, you might ponder whether a USB drive can own more than one partition. Next we will explain the doubts in detail.
Indeed, the Windows system sets a restriction on the partition number of USB flash drive and other removable media. No matter how many partitions you create on the USB stick, the Windows can only recognize the first primary partition. Consequently, you cannot see, not to mention accessing the extra partitions on the USB stick in File Explorer.
However, times are changing. This limitation is removed since Windows 10 Creators Update that supports multiple partitions on removable disks. It allows Windows 10 users to see and access all partitions on the USB flash drive in File Explorer.
Therefore, starting from Windows 10 version 1703 with ADK installed, users can add more partitions to USB sticks and normally use them for storing data.
How to repartition USB flash drive in Windows 10/8/7?
To repartition hard drives, the Windows Disk Management can be useful. But for repartitioning removable disks such as USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, etc, it cannot help you since it does not allow you to shrink or delete volumes on removable storage devices. Even if you can shrink USB flash drive volume in Diskpart, you still cannot create a new partition from the generated unallocated space.
Therefore, you need a disk partition manager like AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is able to shrink volume as well as delete volume on USB flash drive. So, with it, you can first shrink an existing partition on the USB drive, and then create a new partition using the generated unallocated space.
More importantly, it brings the following two fantastic features to repartition USB flash drive into two or more volumes more easily and quickly.
Split Partition: divide a large partition into several smaller partitions and it will reallocate files if you meet unmovable files during the process.
Quick Partition: quickly partition a new disk into multiple volumes with one click.
Both of them can save a lot of time spent on shrinking an existing partition and creating a new partition from the allocated free disk space. Choose one according to your USB status.
If your USB drive already has a partition and you want to add a new one, you can use the “Split Partition” function to repartition it.
Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right click the single partition on your USB drive and select “Split Partition”.
Step 2. In this window, you can specify the size and location of the new partition as you need. Then click “OK”.
Step 3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” to commit the pending operation.
If your USB flash drive is empty without any partitions on, the “Quick Partition” function is proper.
Step 1. Right click the USB flash drive and click “Quick Partition”.
Step 2. In the new window, you can set the partition number, disk type (MBR or GPT), partition label, partition size as you like. Then click “Start Partitioning”.
To safely partition USB drive and other hard disks, you can first check the disk partition for possible errors. For this task, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is also helpful. Its “Check Partition” feature can check errors on the partition as well as fix them when necessary.
Above is how to repartition USB drive into two or more partitions in Windows 10/8/7 via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Besides partitioning hard drives in Windows PC, it comes with other amazing functions for managing partitions conveniently and flexibly. For example, it can format 64GB USB to FAT32, copy recovery partition to USB, clone USB drive, etc.
If you are running Windows Server, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. For an unlimited number of computers within one company, AOMEI Partition Assistant Unlimited Edition is a wise choice.