Disk partitioning: separating one physical hard drive into multiple independent volumes – tells your computer to treat portions of that drive as separate entities, and thanks to the Disk Management tool included with Windows 7 and Vista, you can perform the task without expensive third-party software. But Disk Management lack of some features, such us can’t shrink the partition as far as you want it to, at this time, you need to go with a third-party program. Here recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It’s simple and free. Following is how to use this free partition software to make the most of your hard drive.
Why Partitioning Your Hard Drive Makes Sense?
Most PCs come from the factory with a single partition on their hard drive, meaning that it shows up as one drive in the Computer window. But keeping your data, applications, and operating system on the same partition can be risky. If your system and apps are on a partition separate from your data (documents, music, video, and the like), the data will be easier to manage and be less likely to lose in an accident. In addition, you may need more partitions to lets you install more than one operating systems in your computer.
You can also set up an emergency partition, a bootable partition that’s large enough to contain a stripped-down OS and a handful of diagnostic tools, use it to rescue your data and salvage your computer when the system fails to boot. Some computer manufacturers (Lenovo, for example) supply a built-in recovery partition on their PCs, but you can make your own by use another software, AOMEI OneKey Recovery, if your PC lacks one.
How to Partition Your Hard Drive with AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Note: First, backup your data. The partitioning process shouldn’t delete any data, but you can’t be too careful when working with your hard drive. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard provides two ways to create partition whenever there is unallocated space or not.
Option 1, create partition with unallocated space.
Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the unallocated space and select “Create Partition” in the left panel.
Step2. In the pop-up window, click “Advanced<<” to specify the information for the new partition, including partition size, partition label, drive letter, files system (NTFS or FAT), and partition type (logical or primary). You could also specify the size of the new partition by dragging the both edge. The number you choose depends on what you want to use the other partition for. When all settings are completed, click “OK” to continue.
Step3. Now you can preview the new created partition. Click “Apply” on the toolbar to commit the “Pending Operations”.
Option 2, create partition without unallocated space (within existing partition).
Step1. Right click the partition on which you are going to create new partition and select “Create Partition” in the drop-down menu.
Step2. In the pop-up window, click “Advanced<<” to specify the information for the new partition just like way 1, and click “OK” to continue.
Step3. Click “Apply” on the toolbar.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is an all-in-one and easy-to–use partition manager that will never let you down. It can extend a partition when the unallocated space is before the target partition and even when there is no unallocated space on the hard disk, not only by shrinking the other partition but also by merging another partition into the target partition or directly allocating free space from other partition to target partition. You are highly recommended to download this freeware to deal with your partition and hard drives on their official site now.