Generally when it comes for creating and formatting hard disks for partition, we need a Bootable Disk or the Windows Setup Disk to perform the partition while in Native Boot Mode. And it’s normally time taking in that way as you want restart your system, Boot your BIOS from the Disk and then perform the necessary operations. But you can perform partitions in Windows 7 within your Local System without a Boot Disk.
This takes hardly few minutes depending on your processor’s speed If your system is fast enough then you can create as much of drives from your Logical Drives in a short span of time ! Check out procedure below.
1. Go to Control Panel and change the ‘View by’ Mode to ‘Category’ if you’re having Large/Small Icons mode. Now click on the first Category i.e. System and Security.
2. The sub categories under System and Security will be listed. Check out at the last, you’ll find Administrative tools and under that you’ll find the option ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’. Click on it.
3. User Account Control will ask you to confirm the action to access it. Click on yes. The Disk Management Window will open. You’ll find your hard drives listed with it’s complete details including Type, File system, Status, Capacity, Free Space, % free, Fault tolerance and Overhead.
Note : The drive in which your Windows/OS is installed is your Boot and Primary Partition. Never make any changes in it’s partition or shrink it’s capacity. Cooking with it will make your system corrupt. By default in Windows, C:/ Drive is the primary drive. Don’t play/cook anything with it.
4. Leaving the primary partition, the rest drives are your logical drives which you can further shrink the volume & extend it into a new drive, Format, Change the drive letter or can delete it. As you can see above, almost all of my drives are full :tounge: So for showing you an illustration, I’m taking the example of my G:/ Drive.
Right Click on your respective drive on which you want to create partition. Choose shrink volume and wait for few seconds for querying shrink space. Now it will ask you to Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB. The value which will be showing in the space will be the maximum value to which it can be shrinked i.e. that drive is left just with that much of free space from which you can create another partition. So if you completely utilize the amount of free space left in the particular drive as a new volume then shrink that amount or else you can decrease it and create a new one.
5. I have shrinked 2592 MB from G:/ drive and created a new partition.
6. You’ve now some free space which you can use to create a new partition. Right click on the free space area and choose, ‘New Simple Volume’. Then, the New Simple Volume Wizard will open. Proceed with your necessary details and click next.
- Size of new volume you want to create using the free space.
- Assign a Drive letter to it.
- Format the drive using NTFS File System. Allocation size is default, Give your choice of Volume Name and Enable Quick format.
7. It’s Done. You can find your New drive along with your old Drive Mates at your My Computer
The process looks quiet clumsy but is very easy and quick to perform. You can easily create partitions and format them in simple steps in a small span of time.