How to Use Partition Manager
Partition Manager is a partition manager that offers superb partitioning features, like extending, shrinking, formatting, creating, deleting and copying partitions. A task-oriented wizard guides you through step-by-step processes. You can complete the function with nothing more than a few clicks of your mouse. This software supports the latest Windows 8.1, as well as Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.
Download and install Partition Manager, and then follow the guide below to manage your partitions.
Note: You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps. This Partition Manager software allows you to undo each operation or discard all operation one at a time before applying your operation.
How to Create a Partition?
To create a new partition, you should make sure there is some unallocated space available on your disk. If there is no unallocated space, you can create some by shrinking an existing partition, deleting a partition firstly.
- Step 1: Select the unallocated space in the partition list, and click "Create" button on the top menu. Alternatively, select "Partition"->"Create Partition" on the menu bar.
- Step 2: In the next popup, enter or select the following information: Partition Type (Primary or Logical Partition), partition size, file system for this partition, volume label, drive letter, and specify the drive active or not. And then click "Yes".
- Step 3: In the next window stating "Are you sure you want to apply the pending operating?", click "Apply" to finish the task. You have created a new partition now.
Note: When you create partitions on a basic disk using Disk Management, the first three volumes you create will be formatted as primary partitions. Beginning with the fourth volume, each volume will be configured as a logical drive within an extended partition.
How to Delete a Partition?
To delete unwanted partition is quite simple with the help of Partition Manager.
- Step 1: You can view all the partitions, along with size, partition type, file system and etc. Select the one you need to delete, and choose "Delete".
- Step 2: A windows appears to remind you whether you want to delete the partition. Click "Yes" to confirm.
- Step 3: Hit "Apply" in the top menu to apply the operation. Then this partition has been deleted.
How to Format a Partition?
Formatting a partition can be finished with a click by using this disk partition software.
Note: Formatting a volume will destroy any data on the partition. Be sure to make backups of any data
you want to save before you begin. You cannot format a disk or partition that is currently in use, including the partition that contains Windows.
- Step 1: Select the one you need to format, and choose "Format".
- Step 2: Specify some information of this partition, like file system, drive letter, and allocation unit size. Additionally, you can choose to quick format or enable compression as well. Click "Format" to proceed.
Quick format: A formatting option that creates a new file table but does not fully overwrite or erase the volume. A quick format is much faster than a normal format, which fully erases any existing data on the volume.
- Step 3: Then a window stating "Are you sure you want to apply the pending operations" pops up. Choose "Apply" to active the operations. Your partition will be formatted immediately.
How to Shrink a Partition?
Here's an easy way to shrink a volume to free up space so you can create a new partition on your disk.
- Step 1: Select the partition you need to shrink, and choose "Move/Resize" in the top menu, or go to "Partition"->"Move/Resize Partition" on the menu bar.
- Step 2: Then a window pops up, drag the slide bar to set partition size, or directly enter the number. Click "OK". You will see a new unallocated partition in the partition list.
- Step 3: In the next window, click "Apply" to apply the operations. Then you have shrunk a partition.
How to Extend a Partition?
To extend a partition, there must be some unallocated space available on your disk. And the unallocated space should be next to the partition which you need to extend. If not, you should exchange the space with the partition which is next to your targeting partition with "Resize" function.
- Step 1: Select the partition you need to extend, and choose "Move/Resize" in the top menu, or go to "Partition"->"Move/Resize Partition" on the menu bar.
- Step 2: Then a window pops up, drag the slide bar to set partition size, or directly enter the number. Click "OK".
- Step 3: Click "Apply" to apply the operations. Your partition has been extended.
After using Partition Manager, Now you have a squeaky-clean hard drive partition. Try it right now, it's easy and effective.