If you want to partition your Windows 11 hard drive? Depending on the size of your SSD or HDD, you can create multiple partitions on Windows 11. To resize or create new partitions, you require to manage the built-in disk manager tool. This means that you don’t need to install any third-party software on your computer for partitioning your hard disk.
Partitioning a hard drive is similar to ABCD. This means that you don’t need any technical knowledge to partition a hard disk drive. This article will advise you on how to make partitions.
Why is partitioning needed?
A new Windows laptop or computer may come with an SSD or HDD. Most hard drives will only have one partition. This makes it challenging to organize files and folders in different categories. A single drive can also have its disadvantages. You will need to work hard to retrieve your data if your Windows OS is corrupted. You can delete any partitions on your Windows OS if you have multiple drives, and all data stored will remain safe. It means that you can quietly work on your computer without worrying about data loss.
Partitioning hard drives and creating several drives can help you organize your files in different categories. Windows 11 has a default option for managing hard drives that allows you to create, delete and shrink partitions. Open the Disk Management tool to partition a hard drive in Windows 11. Let’s take a look at how Windows 11 partitioning works.
Create or Modify Partition in Windows 11
You can modify partitions in many different ways, and you can also create partitions in Windows 11 using the Disk Management tool. The guide to each process is given below:
How to Shrink a Partition in Windows 11
You will usually find one drive when you buy a new computer. This is where your OS will reside. Assume your PC has a 2TB hard drive. You will see a single drive called “C” under “This PC.” This is because your PC has one drive, and it has taken up all of your space. You require to free up space on your SSD or HDD to Shrink it. Follow these steps to do so:
- Click on Search menu, type Partition, and click on Create and format hard disk partition.
- After clicking on it, Disk Management windows open up.
- Right-click and choose Shrink Volume on the partition you need to shrink or free up space for a new drive.
- After that, a dialog box appears; type the size in MB that you need to free up from that drive and click on Shrink.
- You will be able to see an Unallocated space near the selected drive.
How to Create a New Partition in Windows 11
If you have Unallocated space on your PC or you Shrink any drive to create a new drive, then follow these steps:
- Type disk management or partition on Search menu and Press Enter key.
- After that, the disk management Window opens. Right-click and select New Simple Volume on Unallocated space.
- Then, click on Next.
- You can reduce your partition size in the next window by changing the value on “Simple volume sizes in MB” option. Windows 11 will allocate all available space. After you’ve set the desired partition size, click Next.
- Windows will now automatically assign a drive letter to your partition. Click on the drop-down in “Assign the following drive letter” and choose the drive letter you want for your partition. Then, click on Next.
- After that, click on Next button again, then finally click on Finish.
- Windows 11 will now create and format your new partition. Your newly created drive can be accessed under File Explorer Or This PC.
How to Delete an Existing Partition in Windows 11
- Open Disk Management tool from the above-given method.
- Right-click and select Delete Volume option on the drive or volume you want to remove from your computer.
- Note: Every data on the drive will be erased if a partition is deleted. In such a case, make sure to back up your important data.
- When asked, click on YES.
How to Extend an Existing Partition in Windows 11
You can use the Disk Management tool to extend the space on an existing partition or drive. This feature is only applied if there is enough space left after the partition or drive. Let’s say you have an “F” drive you wish to expand. The unallocated space should place just after the “F” partition. Otherwise, you cannot increase the “F” drive.
- Open Disk Management tool from above mention method.
- Right-click and select Extend Volume option on the drive or volume you want to extend on your PC.
- Click on Next in the next window.
- Windows 11 will then automatically allocate all the free space adjacent to the drive you selected. You can modify the size of the partition next to “Select the amount of spaced in MB” After entering the size manually, click on Next.
- Lastly, click on Finish to merge both the partition.
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