Splitting Hard Drive into Two Partitions Using Windows Vista Disk Management Snap-In
February 17, 2008 2 Comments
In this blog post, I will describe how to create another partition on the same hard drive using the Windows Vista Disk Management snap-in.
In this example I have Windows Vista Business Edition installed on 80 GB hard drive. After installing Windows Vista, I realized I should have split the hard into two partitions. With Windows XP and earlier version of Windows, you could not perform this operation without third-party software such as Acronis Disk Director. Windows Vista has the ability to expand and shrink volumes by using the Window Vista Disk Management snap-in. Administrative privileges are required for this task.
What I Did
- Click on the Start Orb (formerly know as the Start Button in earlier version of Windows).
- Type diskmgmt.msc in the Start Search field.
- Press SHIFT+CTRL+ENTER to open Disk Management snap-in in an elevated state.
- Right-click C drive to select Shrink Volume….
- Enter the amount of drive space to shrink in Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB:.
- Click Shrink.
- Right-click the Unallocated Disk Space to select New Simple Volume….
- Click Next when the New Simple Volume Wizard opens.
- Enter the disk size of the new simple volume and click Next.
- Choose an available drive letter and click Next.
- Perform a quick format the new simple volume as NTFS. Name the volume and click Next.
- Review disk settings and click Finish.
- Congratulations, you now have successfully create a new partition using the Disk Management snap-in with Windows Vista.
- Microsoft Windows Vista x86 Versions
Edited: May 11, 2012