How Do You Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 7?


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To partition a hard drive in Microsoft Windows 7, open the Disk Management tool. Select an unallocated area of the hard drive to create a new partition. Complete the partition process by specifying the volume size, volume letter and other options related to the file system.

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How Do You Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 7?
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  1. Open the Disk Management tool

    Open the command line in Windows by typing in the word command prompt in the Windows 7 search box. Type diskmgmt.msc into the command line. Press Enter to launch the Disk Management tool.

  2. Select an area for the new partition

    View the unallocated areas of your hard drive at the bottom of the screen. Free space is highlighted in green. Right-click on an unallocated space, and then select New Simple Volume. Click Next to proceed.

  3. Specify volume size and letter

    Choose the number of megabytes you want to allocate for the new partition. The total available space is displayed. You are not able to exceed this figure. Click next once you have decided on a volume size. Select a letter from the drop-down menu to name the partition, and click Next.

  4. Select options related to the file system

    Choose FAT, FAT32 or NTFS from the drop-list of file systems. FAT and FAT32 can be converted to NTFS, so if you aren't sure what to choose, select one of those options. Select Allocation Unit Size from the drop-down menu. If you aren't sure what to choose, leave the setting as Default. Enter a name for the partition in the Volume label text box. Check the Perform a Quick Format box if you are partitioning a large volume. Click Next, and then click Finish after reviewing your settings. Windows 7 partitions the drive.

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