How to manage partitions on Windows 10

It is very important to manage the memory on your computer. It is a good idea to split your storage into at least 2 or 3 partitions in order to have a dedicated partition for your operating system and not to lose your data if something goes wrong.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look far to manage partitions on Windows because it includes the Disk Management tool. In this post, we’ll walk you through the steps to create, delete, and combine storage partitions on Windows 10. Let’s get started.

How to partition the hard drive in Windows 10

If you want to partition your PC’s hard drive to keep your files, folders, and other data separate, here’s how to partition the hard drive using Windows Disk Management tool.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to open the Run utility. Enter diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.

Step 2: All current drives on your PC and their capacities are displayed in the Disk Management window. Right-click the drive you want to partition and select Shrink Volume from the list.

Shrink volume

Step 3: In the window that will open, enter the storage space to which the drive should be shredded. That is, the amount entered here corresponds to the size that will be allocated to the new partition. This is also where you can find the size drive before and after shrinking.

When you’re done, click Zoom Out.

Shrink drive

Step 4: After shrinking the drive, you can find the new partition in the Disk Management window titled “Unallocated”. To assign this space to a new drive, right-click it and choose New Simple Volume from the list.

New simple volume

Step 5: Now follow the instructions on the screen to start the process. You will be asked to enter the storage space to be allocated. By default, all space is allocated to the new drive. Then click Next.

New simple volume wizard

Step 6: After that, you need to assign a new letter and name to the drive. Under the format option, select NTFS. Then click Next.

Format partition

And that was it. Your hard drive is now split in two. You can repeat the same steps as above to create more partitions.

How to delete a partition on Windows 10

In addition to creating partitions, you can use the Windows Disk Management tool if you want to delete an existing partition. Here is how.

Step 1: Open the Start menu, type create and format hard drive partitions and press Enter.

Create hard drive partition

Step 2: In the Disk Management window you will find the list of drives on your PC.

Disk management window

Step 3: Right click the partition you want to delete and choose Delete Volume from the list. Click Yes when prompted.

Delete partition

After you delete it, the partition is said to be Unallocated. You can now merge this unallocated space with one of the existing drives.

How to merge partitions on Windows 10

If you regret dividing your storage space into too many pieces, you can also simply merge them back together using Disk Management or Windows Command Prompt.

Method 1

Let’s start with the disk management tool. To merge partitions, you must first delete one of the partitions to be merged. So make sure to transfer the data to another drive first. Then delete the partition using the above method.

Once you have two partitions ready, you can use disk management tool to combine them as follows.

Step 1: Press Windows Key + X and select the Disk Management option from the resulting menu.

Start disk management

Step 2: In the following window you will find the list of all drives on your PC with their storage space. Now select the existing partition that you want to extend. Right click on it and choose Extend Volume.

Expand volume

Step 3: In the Add Volume Wizard, add the unallocated space of the deleted drive and click Next, followed by Finish.

Extend Volume Wizard

That’s it. Now both the existing and the unallocated drive will be merged.

Method 2

Alternatively, you can also use the command prompt on Windows to easily merge the partitions on Windows.

Step 1: Open the start menu, type diskpart.exe and press Enter.

Hard disk part command

Step 2: In the console, enter list volume and press Enter. Here is a list of all the drives on your PC.

List volume command

Step 3: To merge two partitions we need to delete one of the two. To do this, enter the following command and press Enter.

select volume DiskLetter

In the above command, replace DiskLetter with the letter of the partition you want to delete.

Disk volume selected

Step 4: Next, type in delete volume and press Enter. This will delete the partition and make it available for the merge.

Delete partition with cmd

Step 5: Now select the partition that you want to extend. To do this, enter the following command and press Enter.

select volume DiskLetter

In the above command, again replace DiskLetter with the letter of the partition you want to extend.

Step 6: At last, type in Extend and press Enter.

Merge partition with command prompt

You will see a message that says “DiskPart successfully expanded the volume.”

Storage made easy

While the Disk Management tool on Windows is very effective at splitting, deleting, and combining partitions, third-party tools are available such as: EaseUS Partition Master, MiniTool Partition Wizard, GParted, etc. So why use a third party tool? Among all the advantages, these tools are much easier to use and don’t require erasing or formatting the drive before splitting or merging.

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