How To Partition Or Unpartition Hard Drives On A Windows 10 Laptop

Being able to partition your hard drive has a lot of advantages. Your files are better organized, host several virtual machines or even create a backup for recovery when something happens to your operating system. But creating partitions also come with its downsides.

A lot of partitions can result in insufficient disk space. In this article, you going to learn how to partition or remove partitions. Just follow these easy steps outlined below. These steps also carry over to Windows 7,8 and 8.1.

How To Partition A Hard Drive

Step 1 – Start Menu

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Start Menu

Open the Start Menu and type in Disk Management.

Step 2 – Disk Management

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Disk Management

Under Disk Management right-click the hard drive you want to partition and choose Shrink Volume.

Related: Why Partitioning Your Hard Drive Is The Best Thing You Can Do On A Windows Laptop

Step 3 – Shrink Volume

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Shrink Volume

Enter the amount of space you want the partition to be. The sizes are in MB. If you want a 5 GB partition you have to enter 5000 MB, same applies to a 50 GB partition which is 50 000 MB. Take note of the size available shrink space. Entering a number greater than the size available shrink space will not create a partition it always has to be less.

Step 4 – Assigning A Letter

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New Simple Volume

Your partition has been created but it is unallocated. To use the partition you have to assign it a letter. Right-click on the unallocated storage and select New Simple Volume.

Step 5 – New Simple Volume Wizard

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Simple Volume Wizard

A New Simple Volume dialog box will open click on next to start assigning letters.

Step 6 – Enter Size Of The Partition

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Simple Volume Wizard

In the Simple Volume size enter a size between the Maximum disk space and Minimum disk space. In the picture above the Maximum disk space is 10 000 MB and Minimum is 8 MB. When you decide on the size of the partition click on next.

Step 7 – Choose Drive Letter

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Choose A Drive Letter

Assign any of the drive letters available in the drop-down list. Click next.

Step 8 – Name Your Partition

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Name The Partition

You can choose not to format or format the partition. Give a name to the new partition in the Volume label. Enabling the file and folder compression to allow you to reduce large files by compression on the partition. Click Next and finish to create your partition.

Step 9 – Your Partition Has Been Created

Your new partition has been created proceed to put your files and folders on it.

How To UnPartition Or Merge Hard Drive Partitions

What if you decide to get rid or merge all your partitions? Follow these steps to get rid of excess partitions. Make sure to back-up your files and folders before your proceed to merge hard drive partitions.

Step 1 – Start Menu

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Start Menu

Open Start Menu and type in Disk Management. Click on Create and Format disk partitions.

Step 2 – Disk Management

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Delete Partition

Under Disk Management right-click the partition if you want to delete or merge and choose Delete Volume.

Step 3 – Delete The Partition

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Accept To Delete Volume

A pop-up box will appear asking if you want to delete the partition. Choose yes to proceed.

Step 4 – Merge The Partition

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Extend Volume

The partition then becomes unallocated. Right-click the hard drive you want to merge the partition with which is most likely the C: drive.

Step 5 – Extend Volume Wizard

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Extend Volume Wizard

An Extend Volume Wizard dialog box will open click on Next to proceed.

Step 6 – Choose Partition To Merged or Deleted

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Merge Partition

Under Selected choose the unallocated partition and click on Next. The Partition will merge with the drive you selected successfully getting rid of it.

How Much Should You Partition Your Hard Drive

Creating a lot of partitions is going to let you run out of disk space very quickly. The “low disk space” warning happens when the partition is approaching its maximum storage space. Low disk space partitions can cause a lot of problems. Here are the recommended sizes and number of partitions you should make depending on the size of your hard disk.

Hard Disk Size Recommended Size Of Partitions Each in GB Number Of Partitions
128 GB 0 None
256 GB 50 GB – 75 GB 1
512 GB 100 GB -150 GB 1 – 3
1 TB 100 GB – 650 GB 1 – 7


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