How to resize or create disk partition in windows 7 or vista?

By Techblissonline Staff Updated on 18th April 2014 Filed Under: Windows 7, Windows Tips, Windows Vista

Windows 7 is now a popular OS among PC users. Often computer users find the need to create or re-size disk partition.In this tutorial, we will detail the steps for partitioning a disk in windows 7 (using the disk partition manager), so that even a novice computer user can easily partition and format a hard disk.

Here are the steps.

Open disk management in windows 7

  • 1. open control panel and type “partition” in the search box on the top right.You will then find the link to create and format hard disk partitions.
  • 2. Click the link to “create and format hard disk partitions”.If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. A Disk management window will pop up. Here you can create a new partition or re-size an existing partition.

How to create disk partition in windows 7?

  • 1. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.
  • 2. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click “Next”.
  • 3. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size, and then click “Next”.
  • 4. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition, and then click “Next”.
  • In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:
    • If you don’t want to format the volume right now, click “Do not format this volume” and then click “Next”.
    • To format the volume with the default settings, click “Next”.
  • Finally, review your choices and then click “Finish”.

How to extend any drive volume in windows 7

In computers running windows 7 or vista, you can add more space to existing primary partitions and logical drives by extending them into adjacent unallocated space on the same disk. To extend a basic volume, it must be raw or formatted with the NTFS file system. You can extend a logical drive within contiguous free space in the extended partition that contains it. If you extend a logical drive beyond the free space available in the extended partition, the extended partition grows to contain the logical drive.

For logical drives, boot or system volumes, you can extend the volume only into contiguous space and only if the disk can be upgraded to a dynamic disk. For other volumes, you can extend the volume into non-contiguous space, but you will be prompted to convert the disk to dynamic.

In Disk Manager, right-click the basic volume you want to extend. Click “Extend Volume” and follow the instructions on your screen.

How to shrink any drive volume in windows 7?

You can decrease the space used by primary partitions and logical drives by shrinking them into adjacent, contiguous space on the same disk. You can however shrink primary partitions and logical drives only on raw partitions (those without a file system) or partitions using the NTFS file system.

For example, if you discover that you need an additional partition but do not have additional disks, you can shrink the existing partition from the end of the volume to create new unallocated space which can then be used for a new partition.

When you shrink a partition, any ordinary files are automatically relocated on the disk to create the new unallocated space. There is no need to reformat the disk to shrink the partition.

If the partition is a raw partition (i.e. one without a file system) that contains data (such as a database file), shrinking the partition may destroy the data.

To shrink any volume, in Disk Manager, right-click the basic volume you want to shrink. Click “Shrink Volume” and follow the instructions on your screen.

You can only shrink basic volumes that have no file system or use the NTFS file system.

That is all about creating or resizing disk partition in windows 7.

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One Response to “How to resize or create disk partition in windows 7 or vista?”

  1. Good resource on partition. Windows 7 has lot of user-friendly features. You have explained the partition feature very well.

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