Simple Steps To partition A Hard Drive
The Simple Steps To partition A Hard Drive
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A disk drive must be partitioned before a formatting can take place, please follow these instructions to partition your hard drive.
- Open Windows 7 Disk Management from the Computer Management utility.Once Disk Management is opened, you should be prompted with an Initialize Disk window advising that “you must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it.
- Choose MBR if your new hard drive is smaller than 2 terabytes or GPT if it’s larger than 2 terabytes. Then click OK.
- With the Disk Management open, locate the hard drive you want to partition from the graphical drive map on the bottom half of the screen. If the hard drive is brand new, it might be found on a dedicated row labeled Disk 1, or some number other than zero, and say Unallocated. If the space you want to partition is part of physical hard drive that is already partially partitioned, the Unallocated space will be next to that space
You may need to maximize the Computer Management window to see all the hard drives on the bottom of the window screen. un-partitioned drive will not show up in the drive list at the top of the screen. If you Don’t see the hard drive you want to partition? Look again, and if you’re sure the hard drive you’ve installed is not there, there may have been an issue when you installed it. Shut down your PC and check to see that the hard drive is installed correctly.
- If the drive is located, right-click somewhere on the Unallocated space and choose New Simple Volume….The “New Simple Volume Wizard” should appear instantly
- Then Click Next > to proceed.Right In the Specify Volume Size step, click Next > to confirm the size of the partition. The size displayed in the Simple volume size in MB: field should equal the size listed as the Maximum disk space in MB:. which means that you’re creating a partition that equals the size of the entire hard drive or un-partitioned space. If you want to create multiple partitions in this un-partitioned space, change the Simple volume size in MB to the size of the partition you’d like to create and repeat this and the following steps to create another partition.
- This step is called Assign Drive Letter or Path, does just that, since your new partition will need a drive letter. Windows 7 system automatically chooses the next available drive letter while (skipping A and B) so if that drive letter is OK with you, just click Next >.Please note that It’s best to commit to this drive letter. Deciding later to change a drive’s letter in Windows 7 may cause some issues if programs are installed on the drive afterwards.
- Windows 7 gives you the option to complete a format of the drive immediately after partitioning . As this tutorial is focused at partitioning a hard drive, let’s wait to format the drive until we’re done creating the partition. now you Choose Do not format this volume and then click Next > to proceed.
- The Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard page displays a summary of the partition options you chose. Check that the settings shown are similar to the following..
- Volume Type: select- Simple Volume
- Disk selected: select- Disk 1
- Volume size: select- 2045 MB Drive letter or path: select- E:
- File system: select- NoneAllocation unit size: select- DefaultNow Click Finish to begin Windows 7′s partition of the hard drive. Once your new drive letter (E: in my example) appears in the drive listing at the top of the Disk Management screen, the partition of the hard drive is performed. And now Disk Management prompts Windows Explorer to open your new drive. and, since the new drive is not yet formatted, Windows Explorer gives you the following alert: “You need to format the disk in drive E: before it can be used. Do you want to format it?” you Choose Cancel, then to the formatting process so you can use your newly formatted hard drive
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