How to Divide Hard Drive in Windows 8?

November 7, 2016

You may want to divide hard drive if you only have one partition on it. This article will show you how to divide hard drive in Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Why you need to divide hard drive?

You may have a hard drive with only one partition. Thus, you stored all data on the one partition, the photos, musics, movies, documents, etc. All data stored on one place, which would bother you a lot. So, you may want to divide hard drive in a few parts so that you can store different data on different place. Well, as a Windows 8 user, how do you divide hard drive in Windows 8?

How to divide hard drive in Windows 8?

To divide hard drive in Windows 8, you may want to take use of Windows Disk Management. Click My Computer-> Management-> Disk Management. Then, you will see the hard drive clearly. To divide hard drive, you can only use the Shrink Volume to shrink the drive first to get some unallocated space, then, create new partition on unallocated space. Right click the hard drive, select Shrink Volume on the pop out menu.

Shrink Volume

Then, you can shrink the partition to get an unallocated space. Then right click the unallocated space, select New Simple Volume to create new partition.

Create Volume

Tips: If you want more partition, repeat the steps.

Using Disk Management to divide one partition into several partitions will take a lot of time. Fortunately, here provides you another simple way that you can divide hard drive easier.

Divide hard drive in Windows 8 with AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great partition manager that you can use it to divide hard drive in Windows 8/8.1. Actually, it supports almost all Windows operating systems including Windows 10, windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc. But how to divide hard drive in Windows 8 with AOMEI Partition Assistant? Here you can follow the detailed steps.

Step1.Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will display you the basic environment of your hard drive.

Main Interface

Step2. If you want to divide hard drive, you can use the Split Partition of AOMEI Partition Assistant to divide hard drive in several parts. To split hard drive in Windows 8, here you can right click the hard drive, select “Split Partition” in the pop out menu.

Split Partition

Step3. Here you can drag the slide icon to resize partition to the suitable volume. It will allocate drive letter automatically. Then, click OK to back to the original page.

Resize Partition

Step4. Here you can see that the hard drive has already been divided into two parts. Then, you need to click Apply to submit all operations.

Apply

Tips:

The process will have “Reboot required” if you are operating on the hard drive which contains system files. Click Proceed to start the task.

Reboot Required

As you can see, using Split Partition of AOMEI Partition Assistant to divide hard drive into several partitions is more flexible and simpler than Windows Disk Management. Besides Split Partition, this software also provides many other utilities such as Resize Partition (extend/shrink partition), Merge Partition, Delete Partition, and so on.