How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 10 Disk Utility?

How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 10 Disk Utility?
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For new or blank hard drives, you need to partition the hard drive before saving data. Besides, to get the best management of your files, it’s good for you to create more than one partitions on a hard drive. Thus, knowing how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10 (the most popular desktop OS today) is useful.

General Knowledge for hard drive partitioning in Windows 10

Before you go, keep these in mind:

  1. Window 10 has its own disk partitioning tool named Disk Management. To approach, press Win + R and run “diskmgmt.msc”.
  2. If your hard drive is more than 2TB, use GPT partition scheme so that you can use all the disk space on the drive. Check how to convert disk to GPT.
  3. NTFS (4096 KB cluster size) is the default file system used in Windows 10.
  4. Create more than one partition on a hard drive to save different types of files. For instance, you can divide a 500 GB hard drive into 100 GB (worksheets) + 100 GB (photos) + 200 GB (videos) + 100 GB (unallocated for further use).
  5. Always sync your important files to cloud or back up these files to another hard drive, for data loss can happen without indication and a hard drive can fail someday.
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How to partition a hard drive in Windows 10

Here is how to partition a hard drive:

  1. Get into the user interface of Disk Management utility.

2. Find the disk/hard drive to be partitioned.

3. Right-click on the blank area (unallocated space) and choose New simple volume.

choose New simple volume

4. The next window asks you to edefine the volume size for the new partiton. Enter the desired and continue.

define new partition size

5. Pull-down the box and choose a drive letter you prefer and click Next.

choose drive letter

6. The next screen needs you more attention. First of all, choose NTFS as your target file system. Then, if you not saving large files to it, keep the allocation unit size as default set (4096 bytes). Otherwize, choose a larger size to improve file read/write speed. The volume label is to help you quickly identify what files are saved in, so you can type an informtive one. Finally, let the quick format option checked for it will save you much time in partition creation. When all done, click Next to go on.

choose how to format the new simple volume

7. You will see a summary for the operations to be made. Confirm you want to do that and you get a new volume on the hard drive.

the new simple volume is now created
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