How To Partition A Hard Drive On Windows 10/11?

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If you want to create a partition on your Windows computer, you’re in the right place. This article will help your partition a hard drive on Windows 10/11 computer using 2 effective methods, ensuring a smooth and successful partition creation.

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Your Windows 10/11 PC is equipped with a hard drive that stores your operating system, programs, and all the digital content you accumulate over time. However, relying solely on a single partition, commonly known as the C drive, can pose a significant risk to your data's safety.

Partitioning a hard drive in Windows 10/11 can provide numerous benefits, including improved data organization, easier system reinstallation, and the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same machine. But wait, how to partition a hard drive?

In this article, we will explore 2 effective methods to help you partition your hard drive on your Windows 10/11 computer. Keep Reading!!

Why Partition a Hard Drive?

  1. Improved Data Organization: Partitioning helps categorize and store files more efficiently.
  1. Enhanced Data Safety: It minimizes the risk of data loss by isolating files on separate partitions.
  1. Simplified Windows Reinstallation: You can reinstall Windows on one partition without affecting personal files on others.
  1. Easier Software Repairs: Troubleshooting and reinstalling specific programs become simpler with separate partitions.
  1. Support for Multiple Operating Systems: Partitioning enables dual-booting or running different operating systems on one machine.
  1. Flexibility in File Systems: You can choose different file systems for each partition, optimizing compatibility and performance.
  1. Smaller Backups and Easy Cloning: Backing up critical data and cloning become more efficient with dedicated partitions.

Interesting Read: Find out how to partition a hard drive on Mac.

Method 1: Partition a Hard Drive with Disk Management

Step 1: Access Disk Management

  • Right-click on the Windows icon located on the taskbar.
  • From the context menu, select "Disk Management."

Step 2: Shrink an Existing Partition

  • Locate the partition you want to shrink in the Disk Management interface.
  • Right-click on the desired partition and choose "Shrink Volume."
  • Specify the space you wish to allocate to the new partition in megabytes (MB).
  • Click the "Shrink" button and wait for the process to complete.

Step 3: Create a New Partition

  • Right-click on the unallocated space that appears after shrinking the partition.
  • Select "New Simple Volume" from the context menu.

Step 4: Configure the New Partition

  • In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click "Next" to proceed.
  • Specify the new partition size in megabytes or use the default size.
  • Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 5: Assign a Drive Letter

  • Choose a drive letter for the new partition (or accept the default).
  • Click "Next" to proceed.

Step 6: Choose the File System and Format the Partition

  • Select the file system, typically NTFS, from the options.
  • Click "Next" to proceed.
  • Confirm the formatting of the new partition by clicking "Finish."

Method 2: Partition a Hard Drive Using Diskpart

  1. Launch Command Prompt as administrator.
  1. Type "diskpart" and press Enter.
  1. Type "list disk" to view available disks.
  1. Select the desired disk with "select disk X" (replace X with disk number).
  1. Create a partition with "create primary partition size=XXXX" (replace XXXX with the desired size in MB).
  1. Format the partition with "format fs=ntfs quick."
  1. Assign a drive letter with "assign letter=X" (replace X with the desired letter).
  1. Repeat steps 5-7 for additional partitions.
  1. Exit Diskpart with "exit."


We hope this article helped your partition your hard drive on Windows 10/11 computer. Creating partitions of your hard drive is crucial to access your valuable data easily, you can also reverse changes by merging your partitions.

In worst-case scenarios, you might lose your important files while partitioning a hard drive. In such cases, we strongly suggest you use a professional hard drive recovery tool like Remo Recover to recover your lost data from the hard drive.

About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…