Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Sometimes it is necessary to create a partition on a drive.
With Windows Vista and Windows 7 , this process can be simplified quite a bit. It is now possible to create a partition without needing to format the entire drive.
Before you begin please read this precaution.
This process while not particularly dangerous , should not be attempted if it is not truly necessary. If the power goes out during this process or if your computer freezes , you will probably need to format the drive to regain functionality.Therefor I recommend all important data which cannot be replaced be stored on a different drive during this process.
Okay , lets get to doing. To be able to shrink or partition a drive , you will need to free up some space on the drive from which you want to create a partition. The free space should correspond to the size of the partition you want to create.
After doing this , you will need to defragment the drive.
To do this , go to to “My Computer” , right click on the drive you wish to create the partition from and select properties. Then select Tools and Defragment.
After the defragmentation is done , select start and go to “Control Panel”
No open “Administrative Tools “ and select “Computer Management”
Then select “Storage” and finally select “Disc Management”.
This should bring up the following screen :
The graphs each represent a drive or partition connected to your computer. In the graph , additional information is displayed about the drive including it’s Format , Size , Label and Drive Letter.
No right click on the drive you want to partition and select shrink. Windows will then determine the space available for shrinking. Select the size you want to make the partition and select shrink. This could take a few hours depending on the size.
There is no process bar, so just leave the screen to complete. Once done , this is what you should see :
Right click on the new partition and select new simple drive and select the max space available for the simple drive. Also select the drive letter that should be assigned , on the next page , select the formatting (default formatting is normally okay) and the disc label and finally select finish.
Your new partition is now available in “My Computer”.
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Sep 27, 2017 | Toshiba Computers & Internet
Jun 02, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
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