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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Tech Tip of the Day: How to shrink and create a new partition

Description: This document will show how to create a new partitioned "Hard Drive" from your existing drive.

Ever feel like space is becoming an issue on the C drive (Solid State Drive maybe?) or there is certain files in which rather than having them on the C drive and taking up space - would rather put them somewhere else? Maybe the computer has two hard drives or one drive that has a large amount of space on the computer that the user would like to split up and make more organized or keep certain files in?

Well, this is how to do so - by taking an existing partition and shrinking it down to a certain size. Once this has been done, the user is able to create a new volume and create in a sense, a new "Hard Drive" on the computer to put documents and files on that is separate from the other drives.
  1. First, click the Start button in the bottom left and go up to Computer - right click and left click on Manage.


  2. Now Computer Management window should have come up on the screen, select Disk Management on the left hand side.

    disk management

  3. As shown, the user will want to find their disk drive that they wish to shrink - right click on the healthy partition and go down to Shrink Volume.

    Shrink Volume

  4. Once Shrink Volume has been selected, this pop up should appear in the middle of the screen.

    shrink volume

  5. Next, the user will want to determine what size they want the new volume to be, thus choosing the amount of space to shrink. Remember: 1024MB = 1GB. So in this case, we’ll do 10GB of space: 10x1024 = 10240MB. Once the user has entered in the amount to shrink, click the Shrink button.


  6.  Now, there should be an unallocated space showing as connected to the drive. This is now useable space that can be partitioned.


  7.  Right click anywhere in the unallocated space and select the option for New Simple Volume.

    new simple volume

  8. This window should pop up - simply click Next to get the process started.


  9. Leave this set to the default that it comes up as - this will be the default max amount of space in MB. Click Next and Next again.


  10. Again, leave the page default unless the user chooses to change the Volume Label or File system. Click Next once all changes have been made.

    file system

  11. Now the wizard is finished, click Finish for the partition process to complete.


  12. The user should be welcomed by a New Volume in Disk Management and also an AutoPlay pop up window showing a new drive has been found.

    new volume

  13. Click Start and click on Computer, now the new drive should be viewable. Now the user is free to use the drive as they please.


  14. Now, to delete the new volume if the user chooses not to use this or adds another drive - simply go back into Disk Management. Right click on your partition and go down to Delete Volume. The volume will now be deleted and show as unallocated space as it did before.

    delete volume

  15. Now, right click on the main drive it was coming from and go to Extend Volume.

    extend volume

  16. The user should be greeted by the popup above. Click Next on this popup and click Finish to finish the process.


  17. Back to normal!

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