With the development of technology and changes of people's need, the computer disk space becomes larger and larger. Nowadays the most popular size is 2048GB, which is a very large one. Accompanying, how to allocate it properly is quite important to hard drive because it will determine whether the computer performance is good or not. Besides, one needs to partition hard drive before installing Windows operating system as well.Now let's read this article together, it will give us some solutions in detail.
Introduction to Disk Partition
What is partition (also named volume)? It is an independent part classified from the physical disk, which is mainly used to store operating system and data or files. Usually, different kinds of data will be deposited in different partitions, such as drive C is for OS, volume D is for recreation, etc. Surely this depends on our wish. According to this kind of classification, we can manage all of them or distinguish them much easier. Moreover, if we get a new disk, we must partition the hard drive to FAT32 or NTFS in Windows OS, otherwise, any data and files will unable to be put in the disk. In addition, to partition a hard disk drive can improve the data protection because every one of them is standalone, not influenced by others.
Way to partition a hard drive
As we can see from the statement above, to partition a hard drive is very important to administrators, then how to make it come true with ease? Generally, we can achieve this goal by creating, deleting, formatting and resizing partition. But to tell the truth, we should not pin the hope on the built-in Disk Management to finish these operations. Because some systems like Windows XP, 2000, 2003 do not have this tool, even though the Windows Vista/7/8 and Server 2008 have added it, limitation and defect are still not resolved. Therefore, here I recommend an excellent third-party software to help all computer users: AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition. With the aid of it, optimize the computer performance is no longer a difficult. Now follow me to look at how this hard drive partitioning software play its biggest role in Windows 7/8/10.
How to partition a hard drive in Windows 8/7/10?
First of all, download partition magic. Following will introduce the detailed steps of each main feature.
A: Resize Partition
Resizing a volume means extending or shrinking it. Usually, the C drive is running out of space much faster than the others because it has the operating system in it which occupies a very large room, while the other volume (for instance D volume) may have large free space which is just empty there. This kind of irrational location may affect the computer' running seriously, so shrinking the larger one and extending the system drive is quite necessary. This partitioning software will resize hard drive partition without losing data. Then here we will take them as an example to show how to adjust the size of a partition and make the hard drive's distribution more reasonable with this magic tool.
Step 1: Launch AOMEI Partition Assistan, right click on D drive and choose the option 'Resize Partition". In the pop-up window, drag the left bar rightwards or set the particular size in the box below, click 'Ok".
Step 2: Right click on C drive, select 'Resize" again, drag the right bar rightwards and click 'Ok". Then we can see the unallocated space generated from D which can be added to drive C.
Step 3: After previewing the changes in the surface, click 'Apply" on the toolbar to save them.
B: Create Partition
Create with snap-in tool
As for creating, the snap-in Disk Management also can achieve it. Just do the following steps, a new partition will be created: right click 'My computer" 〉〉select 'Manage" 〉〉find 'storage" 〉〉choose 'Disk Management" 〉〉right click the unallocated space〉〉choose 'New Simple Volume". Then follow the wizard to finish creating。 Done! But if the disk space has already been all allocated, this method can only bemoan its inadequacy in the face of it. In this case, the following way may be the best and the only solution we can find.
Create with AOMEI Partition Assistant
This all-in-one software is a good right-hand to us for it can create a new volume not only from an unallocated space but also from an allocated one only if there is unused space. Here we choose the latter situation to operate.
Open the main console, right click on F: and select "Create" option; in the popup window, drag the middle slider rightwards or leftwards, or set the particular size and drive letter in the box below; click 'Ok". At last, click 'Apply" on the toolbar to take the operations into effect. We can take a glance from the screenshot below to learn some information about it.
C: Delete Partition
If we want some unnecessary or useless drive to expand the system one or other applications, Disk Management can help to accomplish the deletion operation. But one shortcoming is the deleted partition and files may be recovered by some malicious intent. So in order to avoid that tragedy, we need to turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant. It can wipe the data thoroughly and permanently during the process of deleting partition.
The operating steps are very simple: just right click on the target drive and select 'Delete", the goal is reached. What remarkable here is that the system boot volume could not be deleted except the function of 'Wipe Hard Drive".
D: Format Partition
Generally, this operation is not advisable for it will clean up all existing data. If we indeed need to wipe them or convert the file systems between NTFS and FAT32, we must think over what information should be backed up first. Then we can format directly in the computer, or use the AOMEI's partition manager: open its main console, right click the drive we want to format and choose 'Format"; next, in the new window, set the related parameters, click 'Ok"; click 'Apply" on the toolbar and commit it.
Through the previous study, we know that AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition can give a lot of help in partitioning a hard drive either in laptop or desktop with its functions of creating, deleting, formatting and resizing. Actually, this is only a little part of it; it has many other powerful features like splitting, merging, etc. The free version AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is also good free hard drive partitioning software. Now come to experience them, you will have a great pleasure!