How To Partition Hard Drive Without Formatting in Windows 7, 8 and 10

How To Partition Hard Drive Without Formatting in Windows

There are many reasons to Partition Hard Drive in Windows but When we get new laptop it has only few Hard Drive and at that time users decide to make new Hard Drive partition but When they Partition Hard Drive, they generally format the existing partitions to make new one and lose their data.

There are various ways to partition Hard Drive in windows, I am not gonna tell you all the ways here but instead of it I will show you a very easy way to partition hard drive without formatting existing one in windows. So let’s take look at that method.

How To Partition Hard Drive Without Formatting in Windows

Many of us want numbers of partitions to store different data in different drives as it becomes comfortable for us to determine and locate a file. So we can shrink fascinating data from a drive and can create a new drive with shrunk space.

For example, if we have the drive of 200Gb and it is approximately 80gb full with data and remaining 120 Gb is free, here we can shrink 100Gb and create a new drive. In this way, there will be two drives of 100Gb each.

Steps To Partition Hard Drive in Windows

Click Start and type “disk mgmt.msg” (without quotes) and press enter. Now a disk management window will appear.

type disk mgmt msg

Here you can see all your drives which are being currently available. Choose one of drives which you want to shrink or extend.

For shrinking, a drive and creating a new one there must be some free space on that drive. Now right-click on drive letter which you want to shrink Or take out free space. Now select shrink volume, & a little process will go on.

shrink volume

Here you will see current size of drive, free space and size which you want to shrink. Now enter amount of space which you want to free, note that size should not exceed free space. Now click shrink button.


In disk management window you will see an unallocated space at right bottom corner. Right-click on it and select New Simple Volume.

New Simple Volume

Now you will be taken to “New Simple Volume Wizard” here you need to create a partition. Simply click “Next” to continue.

New Simple Volume Wizard

Now on the next page, you need to specify volume size. You need to add volume size here. Simply enter volume and click on next.

add volume size

Now you need to assign drive letter. You need to drop down and select a letter of your choice.

assign drive letter

Now you will be taken to “Format Partition” page. Simply select File system to “NTFS” and then Enter name for your new drive and hit “Next” button.

Format Partition

Now it will format and you will see the summary window of your newly created drive. Simply click on “Finish” and enjoy.


In the same way, you can enlarge size of any drive when your drive gets overloaded by file, In that case, you can easily make some space unallocated by shrinking it from one drive and then using that space to extend another drive. By this way, you can easily partition hard drive without formatting them.

Please note that do not try to create partitions more than 5-6 as it can corrupt your windows also. In Corresponding do not make only one partition as when you will install a brand-new operating system all data will be deleted. Don’t forget to share this post and Leave a comment below if you having any type problem at any step.

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