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How to create or modify a partition in Microsoft Windows


This article describes how to create or modify a partition or logical volume on a hard disk using Microsoft Windows tools.

Caution:
Modifying or deleting partitions may result in loss of data. Ensure that all data is properly backed up prior to attempting any modification of hard disk volumes.
Dell recommends not modifying the following partitions on Disk 0 in Windows Vista or Windows 7 Disk Management:
  • ~34MB partition for Dell Diagnostics
  • ~15GB partition titled RECOVERY

Disk Partitioning in Windows 8

To manage partitions in Windows 8, follow these steps:

  1. Press the <Windows + R> keys to open a Run dialog window, type diskmgmt.msc, then press OK.
    The Disk Management window appears.
  2. Right-click the volume that you would like to repartition and select Shrink Volume...
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to partition the drive.

Disk Partitioning in Windows 7

Microsoft has detailed information for creating and modifying partitions in Windows 7. Refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, "Can I repartition my hard disk?"

Disk Partitioning in Windows Vista

Microsoft has detailed information for creating and modifying partitions in Windows Vista. Refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, "Can I repartition my hard disk?"

Disk Partitioning in Windows XP

Windows XP does not include native tools to modify or merge established partitions. There are many third-party tools to accomplish this task, such as Partition Magic. Refer to the particular vendor of the software for information on how to use their tools.

To create a new partition or logical drive, refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, "How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP"

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Article ID: SLN129696

Last Date Modified: 09/25/2013 12:00 AM


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