Manage partitions under Windows


For users who want to manage their partitions under Windows Vista or Seven, without downloading any additional software, the follow the below procedure:
The procedure is the same for the Windows XP/Vista and 7:

  • Click on Start > Right click on Computer (My Computer) > Manage.


In the Computer Management section, go to Storage > Disk Management.
Note that: this option is not available under Windows XP.
Right-click the partition to divide > "Shrink Volume ..."
A window appears asking you how much space you want to use for the new partition.

  • Click on Shrink
  • You now have an unallocated space.
  • To use this space, you will now need create a new partition or expand an old one.

  • Right-click on the "unallocated" disk space
  • Select "New Simple Volume".
  • A wizard window will open.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Assign a drive letter to your newly created partition


Note that: this option is not available under Windows XP.

  • A wizard window will open.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Deleting a partition will erase all data on this partition!
  • To delete a partition:
  • Right-click on the partition and select Delete Volume ...
  • Click on Yes to confirm.

  • Unsupported file systems specific to Linux: Ext
  • Windows leaves a wide margin of free space and does not fall below a percentage of the total disk space.
  • You can't extend a partition if an un-allocated space is located to its left.
  • There are two types of partition structures: Primary and Extended.
  • An extended partition must contain logical partitions. The Windows Disk Manager does not manage these types of partitions.
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