We’ll learn how to set up a new hard drive and partition it in Windows 11 in this post. Users can create Hard Drive Partition in Windows to better manage data and, in some cases, improve performance.
A new computer might have only one hard drive and one or more partitions. When you connect a new hard drive to your computer, it usually comes with only one partition. You can make as many partitions as your operating system or hard drive allows. In a normal situation, however, you would not want to do so.
When you want to create separate partitions so that special data is on its own partition and not shared with the operating system, one or two partitions on a hard drive are usually sufficient.
The partitions you create in Windows are known as drives, and they usually have a letter assigned to them. You can make, shrink, and resize partitions, among other things. Follow the steps below to get started creating and managing partitions in Windows 11.
How to create a partition in Windows 11
As previously stated, partitions can be created from the system hard drive. In Windows, a hard drive has only one partition. On the hard drive, that single partition can be shrunk or resized to make room for more partitions.
The instructions below will show you how to accomplish this in Windows 11.
To open the control panel app, first go to the Start menu and type Create and format hard disk partitions. Then, under Best match, select the highlighted option.
The Windows Disk Management tool should resemble the illustration below. Any disks that haven’t been set up yet are labeled as Not Initialized and Unallocated.
If a new hard disk has not been initialized, Windows will prompt you to do so. When prompted, click the OK button as shown above.
You can start creating partitions after the hard drive has been initialized. GPT is supported by Windows 11, so you can use it. MBR is selected by default, and if you’re not sure if the drive you’re installing supports GPT, MBR should suffice.
Select GPT if you’re creating a drive or partition larger than 2 TB or if you want to use the most recent partitioning style.
In Windows 11, how do I make a new simple partition?
Right-click an Initialized drive with an unallocated partition and choose New Partition or New Simple Volume from the menu.
A new Simple Volume Wizard appears on the screen. To begin creating a new partition, click Next.
Choose the size of the partition you want to make, then click Next. Partition or Volume Size refers to the drive’s maximum capacity in megabytes. It will create a partition to use up all of the available space on the drive by default.
If you want to create multiple partitions on the hard drive, you’ll need to specify a size that doesn’t take up all of the available space.
Click the Next button after selecting a drive letter for your new partition.
Make sure the drive is formatted as NTFS, change the volume’s name (if desired), and then click Next.
Click the Finish button to complete the wizard.
Once complete, the new partition should appear in Disk Management.