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. Ashfaq Ahmad September 14, 2011 at 6:56 am #

    Dear here i am confused. As i click Finish i receive an error type message says that” the operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic disk(s) you will not be able to start installed operating system from any volume on the disk(s) except the current boot volume. Are you sure you want to continue? Yes or No.
    Please guide me because when i select No, then nothing happens. Can i select Yes.

  2. Jj N. Tacadena September 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    I felt like a computer geek . Haha. Thanks so much!

  3. carmen v September 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    A big thank you!!!!!

  4. Sumit_0209 September 29, 2011 at 9:50 am #


  5. Dipu Pndey October 1, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    thnks a lot


  6. JD October 13, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    It was so easy I just follow the steps above and the disk poartition had been created, thanks

  7. Anonymous October 19, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks so much!

  8. Gabe October 27, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    So I tried this and it says that there is 0MB’s available for partitioning. What exactly do I do?

  9. Ella73monia October 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    grazie mille

  10. Aman October 31, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    it worked…thank you!

  11. michaellj November 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    recently, I decide to install Windows 8 for testing, when I shrink my partition and create new one, I get the message “the hard drive you select will convert to dynamic disk” , of course I do not want do that, therefore, I try to find the solution through Google, fourm, finally I find the answer from here:
    how to make partition in Windows 7 without convet hard disk to dynamic disk?

  12. Andy November 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    great post, works excellent. why would someone want to buy software to complete a simple windows action? oliver you should consider runinng windows in its own partiton, it will help with performance drasticlly.

  13. Nitinshakya18 November 5, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I am unable to make Partition in win.7’s c partition there was an error it found some immovable files so it does not shows the shrink space.
    snapshot of shrink c-

  14. Marcus Thomas November 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    anyone know if I should enable file and folder compression with the last step? I’t not checked automatically but thought it might be usefull

  15. Mrudang Modhia November 9, 2011 at 5:58 am #

    Thank you so much, It was really very useful 🙂

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