Whenever we use to talk about computer hard drive, we always think about partitioning of hard disk drive. Partitioning of drives enables user to work efficiently by dividing a computer hard drive into several partitions. It helps user by allowing multiple Operating system to run at the same time on the same drive. Creating partition with the help of older file allocation table like FAT16 creates smaller partitions that allow a computer hard drive to run effectively as well as efficiently and helps to save disk space for further use. On the other hand, with the help of new file allocation table like FAT32 this is not more an issue.
Now, Before knowing more about how to add or delete partition on Windows 8 let us know more about some scenarios which tends user to make partitioning a hard drive in Windows 8:
- Single Partition on Hard Drive: If user is having only one hard drive partition to work on and they need more partitions to manage their files and data in well-organized manner then they have to create partitions on their hard drive. This will enhance the performance of computer and let them manage files in pretty efficient way.
- Purchasing New Hard Drive: It is obvious that whenever user purchase any new hard drive, they look to create partitions on that drive in order to install multiple Operating systems or to manage different types of data like images, movies, music or any official documents in differently assigned partitions on Windows 8. In addition to this, the conversion between NTFS and FAT32 should be very safe.
- Redistribute Disk Space: It is often happen in computer systems that after installing some application and storing some data in a particular system partition, say C:drive which cause shortage of disk space, but there is much more unused space in different partitions, like D: drive. In such cases, user can partition hard drive to make system partition larger by taking disk space from another drive.
In Windows 8 Disk Management and any third party partition software can help user in partitioning Windows 8 hard drive without any formatting or reinstalling Operating system.
Steps to create partitions on Windows 8:
Before creating partitions in Windows 8, user must check that the hard disk must have any unallocated space that is not the part of an existing partition. Now, following are some detailed instruction to create partitions:
- On the Windows start screen, users have to type “Disk management” to open search charm and then select create partition and format hard disk partition from search result list.
- Right click on desired drive (Say C: drive) and create an unallocated space by clicking on shrink volume.
- Avoid making any type of modification in the shrink window and click After completion of shrink, the new unallocated partition displays in Disk management utility.
- Right click on new partition, and then click new simple volume.
- Click next on new Simple Volume Wizard.
- The pre-specific volume size window displays. Type volume size, or click next to proceed.
- Click on next as per guided in the process, the format partition window will appear. Type a Volume name and click on next.
- The Disk Management utility displays the formatting process and after sometimes auto play screen will appear which means completion of process.
After creating partition let us know more about deletion of partition on Windows 8:
- On the Windows Start screen, type disk management and select Create and format hard disk partition from the Search list.
- Right click on the volume or partition which user want to delete, and then clickDelete Volume.
- Before initiating the process user must keep back up of all their data, user need to click on yes. The drive letter disappears and the partition is labeled as Unallocated space.
- Right click on the drive to which user want to add the unallocated space. In the menu that displays, click on Extend Volume.
- The Extend Volume Wizard displays. Click Next.
- Select Disks window displays. Do not change any settings. Click Next.
- Click Finish to end the process, now user is allocated with free space to be used.