"I am an office assistant. Every day I have so many data and files to keep, but I find
the volumes in my computer cannot meet my needs because it takes much time to find a
specific file or folder. In this case, I want to create several new volumes to help
Unfortunately, I am a green hand in computer and I don't know how to rebuild
the new one. Having asked help from others and operated by myself, I find two
efficient ways to create partition on hard drive. Let me show them one by one."
Note: Before all the operations, please ensure there is
unallocated space and it must be separately displayed on the hard drive. If not,
please try to generate the unallocated space by free partition manager.
Something you should know about hard drive partition
To begin with, please try to understand following conceptions since you may need them
during the operations
The Partition Type
Primary partition: It is usually used to save the files and programs of operating
systems. Meanwhile, it is the guidance for system booting. System files can only be
stored on primary partition.
Extended partition: It is a member of MBR and made up of many logical drives.
Logical partition: It is the portion of extended drive. Once an extended drive has
been created, you can set up it as many as possible.
The Partition Size
The minimum and maximum size that you can use to create a partition will be given to
you after query in Disk Management. You can decide the size of the created
The Drive Letter
Unused letter is available for you to choose. Generally speaking, the system will
default it for new drive. Yet, if you choose "Do Not Assign a Drive Letter or
Drive Path" option, it's up to you to assign the new drive's letter
You need to format a new drive before you are able to store files there. Windows
provides detailed format information during formatting process. FAT32, NTFS, exFAT
are three common types of file system that can be recognized by Windows. Therein,
you can convert
exFAT to NTFS using CMD flexibly.
Compared with each other, FAT32 has higher
compatibility to other operating systems like Mac OS X and Linux. NTFS has better
security features, better recovery capabilities and file-level compression built-in.
Create New Simple Volume in Disk Management
After a brief acknowledgement of above terms, let’s learn how to create new partition
using Disk Management
Step 1: Right click "My Computer" and choose "Manage".
Then, you will enter the computer management interface. Please choose the "Disk
Management" on the left options to make sure if the unallocated space is
existed in the disk.
Step 2: Right click the unallocated space and select "New
Simple Volume". Following, select "Next". There are three options:
Primary, Extended or Logical Partition.
Actually, the system will default the type
of new volume. If the unallocated space is located in the primary drive's area,
the new one will be primary one, while in extended drive area, it will be logical
Step 3: Please following the wizard, finish the size, file system,
drive letter step by step. After that, choose "Finish".
How to create partition on hard drive in Diskpart?
Step 1: open Run box by pressing Windows key and R key simultaneously. Type diskpart and
Step 2: at the Diskpart prompt, input the commands below to create a primary
partition on hard drive.
select disk n (where n is the number of disk that you want to create
create partition primary size=102400 (MB, meaning you’ll create a 100GB
assign drive letter=H
Tips: to create other types of partition, you can type “create
partition extended size=102400” or “create partition logical size=102400” without
Create partition from C drive without losing data in Windows 7/8/10
Mentioned two methods are simple yet both of them are based on the existing
unallocated space on the hard drive. When there is no unallocated space on the disk,
you may want to try this free software to create partition on hard drive.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard allows
you to create partition from existing partition directly without deleting the
partition. No need to generate unallocated space in advance. You can create
primary/extended/logical partition with NTFS/FAT32/exFAT file system as you wish. It
supports moving partition as well. Free download to have a try.
Step 1: Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. This will take C drive for example. You could also create new partition from any other large partition that has redundant space.
Step 2: right click the partition that has redundant space and select Create
Partition from the list. In the popping up window, you can specify
partition size, drive letter, and partition label, partition type and file system of
new partition after clicking on Advanced. Click OK on completion.
Step 3: preview the result. Click Apply to execute the pending
You can create partition with FAT32 file system only when the partition is
equal or smaller than 32GB in size in Disk Management and Diskpart. However,
AOMEI Partition Assistant does not have that kind of restriction. You can even format 500GB hard drive
to FAT32 using the software if the need ever arises.
You can create partition on USB flash drive, portable hard drive, removable
drive, SD card, etc. by repeating these steps. However, Windows only recognize
the first primary partition on removable flash drives like USB stick and SD
When it comes to create partition on hard drive like external hard drive, portable
drive or other types of storage, you have three methods in total, Disk Management,
Diskpart and powerful AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Moreover, you can use this software to create Windows to go USB drive if you’re
running Windows 8 or Windows 10 (No need to being Enterprise edition). Thus, installing
Windows 10 on external hard drive is also possible. In fact, the
advanced version, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, supports create partition
and resize partition in
CMD. You may want to upgrade to learn more.