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How to Partition A Hard Drive in Windows 11/10

You can partition a hard drive in Windows 11/10 through Windows Disk Management and third-party disk partition software. Both disk partitioning methods are free to use, so just choose one that suits you the best.

Method 1. Partition a Hard Drive with Disk Management

TIP: the coming solutions are also applicable to the question “how to partition C drive in Windows 11/10 without formatting”. Just replace the target drive in the example with the C drive and partition your hard drive via Disk Management: 

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon, then click Disk Management.

Please check if you have unallocated space on your computer disk. If you don’t, follow our guide step-by-step. If you do, you can directly jump to Step 4 and continue.

Step 2. Right-click the hard disk partition that you want to shrink, and select “Shrink Volume”.

Shrink volume

Step 3. Enter the amount of space you want to shrink in MB, then click on the “Shrink” button.

Enter the shrink size

Wait for the process to complete, you’ll get an unallocated volume. 

Step 4. Right-click on the unallocated space on your hard disk, and then select “New Simple Volume”.

new simple volume

Step 5. In the New Simple Volume Wizard interface, click “Next”.

Step 6. Enter the size of the volume you want to create in MB or accept the default size, and then select “Next”.

Specify volume size

Step 7. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different letter for the partition, and then select “Next”.

Assign a drive letter

Step 8. Set the default file system as NTFS and click “Next” to format the volume.

Format as NTFS

Step 9. Click “Finish” to complete creating a new partition in Windows 11/10.

Click Finish