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How to Partition in Window Vista

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I just bought a new laptop (Sony Vaio) because my old one (Compac) was often errored and very musical. When I was looking for assistance on how to partition the hard disk, I came across this tips. (Please make sure that you have backed up our recovery driver before shrink your computer).

With Windows Vista, there is no need of any other third party application such as Partition Magic, Disk Director or any other Partition Manager. Windows now has the inbuilt partition manager which is very easy to use.

Shrinking Windows Vista Partitions or partitioning:
This allows you to create a new partition or shrink any existing partition. Follow these steps.
Step 1: The options are available at ‘Disk Management’.

Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools -> Double Click Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management.

It should look like the image below.

Disk Management in Vista
Step 2: Now, right click the partition you want to shrink and select the shrink option.

Shrink Volume in Vista
Step 3: In the pop-up box, Enter the amount you want to shrink the partition by (By default, the maximum is entered).

Shrink Vista Harddisk
Step 4: Click Shrink and That’s it! Now you have a new partition to use. You can then right click the new partition and format it the way you want it.

Unallocated Partition in Vista

You will get a new partition which is listed as unallocated as above. You can use that to create a new partition (right click and format) or use it to extend with already existing partition (Read extending windows vista partitions).

In case you are not extending and saving it as a new partition then, follow these steps.

Assign drive letter

Format Partition in Vista

Extending Windows Vista Partitions:
This allows you to extend a partition or merge two partitions. Follow these steps.
Step 1: The options are available at ‘Disk Management’.
Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> Administrative Tools -> Double Click Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management.
Step 2: Now, right click the partition you want to extend and select the extend option.
Step 3: Click Next in the Extend Volume Wizard.

Extend Volume Wizard in Vista
Step 4: It will list all the free space available (unallocated partition) that you can add to the particular partition that you want to extend. If you don’t have any unallocated partition, see above to check how to shrink a partition to get unallocated space.
Step 5: Select the amount of amount of space that you want to extend in by.

Specify Volume Size for extend
Step 6: Click Next and Confirm and Finish. That’s it! You have extended the partition.

Computer Management after Partitioning

Notes from my experience: Both shrinking and extending was very fast. Formatting takes couple of minutes depending on how big the volume is. I shrunk my 110GB C drive in my HP Pavilion Entertainment PC to 60GB as it doesn’t allow to shrink below that and created that unallocated space to create a new partition.

If you are facing long time delay in shrinking, then it might be because of the disk is fragmented. For example, if you have a 60GB drive and you already have 45GB of data in that. These data upon daily usage after weeks, it would have evenly spread across the whole 60GB space. Now if you try to shrink that drive to 50GB and try to get 10GB unallocated space, then disk management has to find empty space between files in the 50GB space and relocate the files from the 10GB space. This is what is usually done in defragmentation and I would suggest doing that on regular basis as it improves file reading speed.

And another of my suggestion is to use NTFS. Read on to find why NTFS is better than FAT and how to convert FAT to NTFS.

Read this post, if you want to change the drive letter in Windows Vista after partitioning.

Source: http://www.lytebyte.com/2007/02/19/how-to-partition-in-windows-vista-extend-and-shrink/

3 thoughts on “How to Partition in Window Vista

  1. Ohhh I really don’t know how to say about this information.
    You know i also use Window Vista but i never about this too.
    Thanks for your good informaiton.
    Have a nice day!!!

  2. Some technologies really make life easier. I am glad that you find it useful.

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