How to partition Hard disk without formatting in Windows

In this article, I will tell you how you can use the default feature to partition hard disk without formatting in Windows and without using any software. I have performed the operation in Windows 8 but same steps goes with other versions of Windows (Windows 7/8/10). However there are many software’s available to partition the hard disk without formatting but why to unnecessarily install an extra software when you have a feature provided by the Windows itself.

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Below are the steps to partition the hard disk without formatting in Windows:

  • Right click on the computer icon on desktop.
  • Click on Manage, a Computer Management screen will open.manage
  • Look for Disk Management under Storage on left panel and click on it.disk management
  • On right panel you will have drives whose partition is already done.
  • Now right click on the disk you want to do partition and select Shrink Volume.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - shrink volume
  • Next, a screen will appear where you have to select the amount of volume you want for that particular partition.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - volume size
  • Now click on Shrink. It will create an unallocated disk as shown in the picture.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - unallocated
  • Right click on the unallocated disk and click on New Simple Volume. This will open a wizard where it will ask you to assign the name to the new partition created. Also don’t uncheck the quick partition option as shown in the picture, otherwise it will take too much time to format the new partition.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - new simple volume
  • Just follow the instructions to create the volume for you. It might take few minutes to perform the quick format for newly created partition however you can also choose the option not to format the new partition.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - quick format
  • In the disk management window itself, you can see the percentage of formatting done in the partition. Once the formatting is completed you have to check that if the newly created partition is visible or not. If not then follow the below method.

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How to show newly created hard disk after partition in Windows 7/8/10

If you want to show the newly created partition, then follow the below steps:

  • In the Computer Management window, right click on the drive and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.partition hard disk without formatting in windows - change drive letter
  • A window will appear where you have to click on Add button.
  • Once you have done that, you can check your new drive will be visible.

The above method is very easy and you don’t have to install any software to partition hard disk without formatting in Windows. If you come across any problem, do let me know via comments.

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