How to Create Partition of your Hard Drive

What is partition and Why you need to create partition?

If you are new to the field of computers, here are some of the questions you’d be asking your acquaintances. A disk partition or disk division is performed to manage all your documents, media and valuable data in such a manner so that you do not lose any of your stuff in the event of a crash. This makes your data classified in separate drives avoiding any duplication and accidental loss. Okay enough with the all serious definition of what’s what! The name “Disk Partition” is self explanatory to understand what it is. Still average PC users find it difficult to go about with whole procedure. Most users use an XP machine so let’s look at a simpler way of dividing these Siamese twins to put them for a better use.

How to do it?

No matter how you plan to partition your hard drive, a part of it has to be dedicated for your operating system. It is advised that you do not store or install any unwanted or experimental data here because it’s  from here that you run your system. You should not be messing around with it. Let’s take a look at how you could partition your disk on new installations and then how you could add a second hard disk to your existing system.

For new installations

Insert the Operating System Setup CD or DVD in your drive. You might be prompted to remove this CD/DVD and insert additional disks during installation depending on the kind of disk you are using. Restart your PC to begin with the setup program. The setup will detect that XP is already installed on the system and would ask if you want to repair it. Bypass this step by pressing Esc, on the top left of your keyboard. A list of all existing disks partitioned or non partitioned will appear use the arrow key to move on and select desired disk. Use the following keys to go around with the partitioning business.

Create Partition

C – If you want to create a new partition on a non partitioned disk space.

D – If you wish to delete any existing partition.

Press L to confirm Deletion.

Enter Key – Use the enter key to create partition with the maximum size. Type the desired size in MB to specify the size of partition. Remember that you should delete any existing partitions on a disk space if you want to create new partition/partitions in that particular space. Continue with the installation once you have made your partition settings.

Adding a Hard Drive:

If you have installed a new hard drive in your system you might want to create partitions in it this is how you do it. Open Control Panel, select classic view to list all the icons, click on Administrative Tools the select Computer Management upon clicking this option a popup window will appear. On the left side of this window expand the Storage option and select Disk Management. The following popup window will appear. From this window you can simply right click on the desired/new drive, and add, delete, format according suiting your needs.

Create Partition

Insert the Operating System Setup CD or DVD in your drive. You might be prompted to remove this CD/DVD and insert additional disks during installation depending on the kind of disk you are using. Restart your PC to begin with the setup program. The setup will detect that XP is already installed on the system and would ask if you want to repair it. Bypass this step by pressing Esc, on the top left of your keyboard. A list of all existing disks partitioned or non partitioned will appear use the arrow key to move on and select desired disk. Use the following keys to go around with the partitioning business.

Softwares which can be used for partitions after installing Windows:

Here are few software which can be installed for creating or deleting partitions. These are user friendly software and self-explanatory.

  • Partition Magic Home edition
  • Paragon Partition Manager
  • EASEUS Partition Manager

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