Creating new partitions

In order to use the space on a hard disk, it must be partitioned. Partitioning is the process of dividing the hard disk’s space into logical divisions. Each logical division may function as a separate disk with an assigned drive letter, its own file system, etc. Even if you do not intend to divide your hard disk into logical divisions it must be partitioned so that the operating system knows that it is intended to be left in one piece.

Initially, all disk space will be unallocated. This will change after you add new partitions.

To create a new partition:

  • Select the unallocated space and click Create new partition in the upper part of the window, or right click on the unallocated space, and select Create new partition in the shortcut menu.
  • Specify the following settings for the partition being created:
    • the size of the new partition,
    • file system of the new partition,
    • partition type,
    • partition letter and label.

If you allocate all unallocated space on the disk to the new partition, the Create new partition button disappears.

Creating new partitions