How To Create A Partition In Windows 7

Similarly to Windows Vista, Windows 7 has a built in utility to partition a hard drive.

Many people like to partition their hard drive for multiple reasons. To boot from a different OS ( This isn’t necessary any more if you have Windows 7 Ultimate, which supports booting from a VHD, see here ) or to help you manage where you store files and programs etc…. particularly if you have a large hard drive.

  1. Go to Start -> Right Click My Computer -> Managepartiton 1
  2. You will then be brought to the Computer Management Programpartiton 2
  3. Click on the Storage bar and under it click on Disk Managementpartition 3
  4. Then select the Drive you want to partition, In this example I will select the Drive D: “Vista”partition 4
  5. Now right click on the drive and select Shrink Volumepartition 5
  6. You will then be presented with a Window showing you the Size of the Hard drive and the total amount available to Shrink. Since my hard drive is quite full I have a smaller amount available to Shrink.Enter in the amount you would like to shrink ( This will be the size of the new partition ) It can’t be more than the amount available to you and remember that Approx 1000 Mb = 1 GBpartition 6
  7. After you have entered your values, click shrink and let it do it’s thing. Depending on the size of the drive and amount to shrink this could take a while. Just be patient and once it’s done you will see an unallocated space which is the size you just shrunk the volume by. Select it and right click and then select New Simple Volumepartition 7
  8. Follow the Wizard that appears and fill in the Size of the Partition, Generally the size you just shrunk the drive by.
  9. Assign a drive letter, Pick one of your choice it doesn’t make a difference
  10. Then on the Format page, Ensure NTFS is selected and then Enter a name for your Drive – ie. “Music” and click next followed by finishparition 8


There you have it, A new partition on your hard drive to do what you like with it.

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155 Responses to How To Create A Partition In Windows 7

  1. Masood Akbarzada November 9, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    @Oliver, ofcourse you can creat even 0f 5mb drive (Additional space) for ur self …!!! don’t worry …@64592aa3d27520d7ff16140dfcbcde82:disqus 

  2. Abhi November 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    to many partition can not make more this message 

  3. LoydY November 15, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    so helpful thing… nice 1

  4. Gill_khalsa November 22, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    Awesome. It works. I have tried Easeus and all other software non of them work on win 7. and this piece of advice did the job in 5 min. Thanks mate. cheers

  5. Tetengvaldes November 22, 2011 at 3:08 am #

    Thanks. Honestly it help me alot

  6. sonik December 13, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    It’s really very helpful ,nice step by step process description. thumbs up…

  7. Gowrishatty December 16, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    it is very useful for me thanx

  8. Raj8182 January 9, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    tnk u 🙂

  9. Y2kboby January 11, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    good Explanation!!  Worked perfect. Thanks 

  10. Vincentyeow February 11, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    Thank a lot, done it in crate partition in window 7… vin

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