You all might be aware that Windows partitioning can be done with the help of software. Indeed, there are tons of software available in the online market for Windows partitioning which are mostly paid. But, do you know that you can also manage partitioning on Windows without using any software? Yes, it can be done with the help of a disk management tool. The Disk management tool can be utilized for resizing, creating, deleting, and formatting volumes and partitions on Windows. In this blog, let’s read how to manage partitions on Windows without using any software. So, let’s get started.
How to access the disk management tool?
The easiest and quickest way for launching the Disk Management tool is to click on Start, type “partition” in the search box, and then click on “Create and format hard disk partitions.” You will observe that the “disk management” tool is basically divided into two sections. The top section comes up with a list of volumes. Meanwhile, the bottom section shows a graphical visualization of disks and volume details. Whenever you will choose a volume from the top section, the bottom section shows the details of volume. And when you choose volume or disk from the bottom section it will show the volume there as well.
How to Resize a Volume?
In order to manage partitions, you might also need to resize the volume of your disks. If you wish to separate your volumes or resize them, you can do it by shrinking the volume so that you can free up the space for creating a new volume. Additionally, you can also take the help of a disk and divide it into two volumes and can extend the volume with the help of free-up storage for making a big volume on your disks.
How to Shrink a Volume?
In order to shrink a volume, follow the below-mentioned steps:
Right-click on the Volume > choose “Shrink Volume”
Make sure you are shrinking a volume with free space. Also, please note that windows show the overall size of the current volume along with the available space you can use for shrinking the volume. Moreover, the window also shows the overall new size of the current volume once you shrink it after selecting the right numbers of shrinkage. And after shrinking the volume, you are going to see the volume of the disk after shrinking the volume on the left side. Moreover, the new unallocated space will be available on the right side of the windows.
How to Extend a Volume?
You can easily extend the volume if you have unallocated storage space available on the right of the same disk. Moreover, please note that Windows will not extend any basic partition to the left side therefore, you might require third-party software to do that for you.
In order to extend the volume, follow below-mentioned steps:
Right-click on the existing volume > click “Extend Volume” > Extend Volume Wizard > Next
Please note that the “select disks” windows already contain the correct selected disk. Moreover, it also shows the overall size of the volume along with the maximum space available for extending the volume. All you have to do is to choose the space you wish to extend and then click on the “Next.”
How to Create a New Volume?
If you have already shrunk a new partition or still have some unallocated storage space, you can use that space for creating a new volume. All you have to do is to right-click on the unallocated space and choose the “New Simple Volume.”
Right-click on the unallocated space > New Simple Volume > Click “Next”
From the “New Simple Volume Wizard”, click “Next.”
Make sure you have specified the volume size that you wish to create and then you click on the “Next” button.
Please note that you can also select the format of the partition or not to go ahead option, but to do this, you will be required to format it.
How to Delete a Volume?
If you wish to delete any existing volume, you can do it easily. By deleting any existing volume, please know that you will return the storage space to the unallocated section and you can easily create a new volume from that volume.
Please note that deleting a volume will also delete the data and files on the volume, so please create a backup before deleting any volume.
Follow the below-mentioned steps for deleting a volume:
Right-click on the volume from the Disk Management Window > Choose “Delete Volume” button > Click “Yes” from the warning pop-up
After deleting the volume, the volume space will be moved to the unallocated space and you can use the space for further use.
How to change a volume’s drive letter?
If you wish to rename or rearrange the drive letters, you can use the Disk Management tool. In order to change the volume’s drive letter, follow the below-mentioned steps:
Right-click on the volume > Select the “Change Drive Letter and Paths” button > Click the “Change” button from the Change Drive Letter and Paths option > Select the New drive letter from the “Assign the following drive letter” > Once you finish click “OK” button
I hope this blog helps you to manage partitions on Windows without using any software.
Thanks for reading!