Monday, 1 August 2011


How to Partition Hard Disk Without Formatting in Window 7 & Vista

  • Monday, 1 August 2011
  • saurav garg
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  • Shrinking or expanding the Hard Drive in Windows 7 can be brought about by a utility program known as Disk Management. You can delete, re-size, or even create a new partition in this operating system by this utility described below:


    Guidelines and procedure for the entire operation to be carried out successfully

    • Click on Start button and then right click on the Manage as shown in fig. below.
    • At once a new window will open. In this new window click on Storage and then go to Disk Management.
    • Now you will able to see all your Disk Drives present in your computer along with their Sizes.
    • Select the one that you want to partition. Then right click on the selected drive and navigate to the option Shrink Volume.
    • A new window should open in which the size of the drive before shrink will be mentioned and the available space to shrink will be mentioned , and in the next line you will be asked to enter the amount of space you want to shrink and this will be the size of the new partition.
    Caution : The space here will be in MBs be careful to convert it in GBs (1024 MB=1 GB)

    • After entering the values click on the option Shrink Button and wait for the process to complete.Once the operation is completed a window appears showing Unallocated Space, this will be in the Black Box which means that this memory space is not partitioned yet and the size of this space is exactly the same as you entered in the last step. Select this unallocated space and on right clicking on it. Select New Simple Volume.
    • A wizard will open up. Go through the wizard and fill in the values required. Usually the value needed to enter is the same one that you entered as the volume to be shrunk.
    • The drive newly created needs a letter to be assigned to it. Assign any letter of your choice as it does not make any difference.
    • A Format page will appear and in it carefully notice that the File System selected is NTFS . After this is done enter a name for your drive and then click on Next and then Finish Button.

    And now you are done. You have partitioned your Hard Drive without formatting in Windows 7 on your without the use of any software. I have tested this on my laptop with Window 7 Ultimate version, If have other versions like Home Basic etc. do perform the above steps and if there is any problem please let us know.

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