How do you split a hard drive partition?

Micheal00988484 September 7, 2012

I just wondered that if we can extend partitions, then can we split a partition into two? How? Is this a destructive process, will it remove data?

  1. Gabriel Avila
    September 11, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    go to "computer management"
    pick your hard drive
    to to "action" and click "shrink volume" and pick the size you want your partition to be 1000mb= 1gb
    after picking the size you want click on it and right click it to "new simple volume " and pick the maximum size
    then click "assign the following drive"
    then format it as "NTFS" and then you will wait until it's formated and it's finished, you will see it on under "my computer"

  2. Dave Rimmer
    September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    EaseUS Partition Manager for me to just follow the prompts quite easy to do.

  3. Irshaad Abdool
    September 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Right-click on My Computer >> Manage >> Storage
    Click on the required drive >>> Shrink Volume
    enter the size needed
    and there u go

  4. Patrick Jackson
    September 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    EaseUS Partition Manager Home Edition.

  5. Joel Alar
    September 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Please try to use the Macrium Free edition to partition your Hard drive even there's an existing data or system.

  6. Rajaa Chowdhury
    September 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Use a simple free software to do the thing graphically. Install Free EaseUS® Partition Master 9.1.1 Home Edition from

    • GrrGrrr
      September 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      I also recommend Easeus. It is the best & reliable software (although it is Made in China)

  7. Loev
    September 7, 2012 at 6:34 am

    so easy, you can split a partition into two easily with 3rd party partition manager.

    steps for you,

  8. ferdinan Sitohang
    September 7, 2012 at 3:47 am

    you can use windows default software to create partition in your laptop/PC. From device manager you can shrink the volume into many partition. Before do partition, better you backup all your file first.

  9. Max Geislinger
    September 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

    You can also split partitions on a Mac with DiskUtility

  10. Jhon H. Caicedo
    September 7, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I would recommend using gparted for this process, it involves taking a larger partition, shrink it and create a new partition on the free space.

  11. Bruce Epper
    September 7, 2012 at 2:04 am

    A drive partition cannot be split in a single operation. In order to get the same effect, you would need to shrink the existing partition and then create a new partition in the newly freed space. In some cases, existing files would need to be moved to a new location in the partition as well. Tools such as Paragon's Partition Manager and Hard Disk Suite will automatically move data if necessary as part of the shrink operation. If moving data is not required, the entire process can be done if a couple of minutes, otherwise it could take hours depending on the size of the drive in question, the amount of data that needs to be moved, and other considerations.

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