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Best Way to Create Partition on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP


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    About Create Partition

    Create Partition enables users to create new volume with specified unallocated space. If you have two partitions on the same drive, with one for the operating system and the rest one for your personal data, your personal data is less likely to get lost in the case of computer crash. Besides, partitioning a hard drive into several partitions enables you to manage kinds of data by category breezily.

    How to Create Partition on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

    If you are a Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP user, you can use free Norton Partition Magic alternative - MiniTool Partition Wizard to create partition easily. Firstly, you need to download this freeware and install it on Windows.

    Step-by-step Guide:
    In our case, we run Partition Wizard on Windows 10 to show how to create partition on Windows 10. Yet, the way to create partition on Windows 7 or Windows 8 is just the same.

    Step 1: Choose one of the following ways to activate "Create Partition" function:

    Click "Create Partition" from left menu after selecting the unallocated space.
    Right click on the unallocated space and choose "Create" option from drop-down menu.

    Create Partition 1

    Step 2: In this interface, you are expected to confirm parameters including Partition Label, Partition Type, Drive Letter, File System, Cluster Size, Partition Volume, Partition Location and Partition Alignment Method.. If you make no change here, all these parameters are kept by default. After that click "OK" button to go back to main interface of the software.

    We also recommend reading our guides:
    Primary Partition vs. Logical Drive: Their Exact Features
    What Is FAT32 Partition Size Limit and How to Break It?

    Create Partition 2

    • During the process of partition creation, you can align this partition to MB or Cylinder.
    • Here you should know aligning to cylinder is used in older OS versions like Windows XP and Windows Vista; newer Microsoft OS versions and most newer Linux use the MB alignment by default.
    • If you choose cylinder for a logical partition, there will be 8 MB unallocated space. If you create a primary partition and choose to align to cylinder, there won't be 8 MB unallocated space.

    Step 3: You can preview a new partition will be created on Windows 10. Click "Apply" button on the upper left corner to confirm the creation if you agree.

    Create Partition 3

    Create Partition 4

    • This freeware can be used to create FAT/FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/Ext2/Ext3/Ext4/Linux Swap/Unformatted partitions.
    • This freeware is also helpful in creating FAT32 partitions larger than 32 GB, which can't be done in Disk Management. If there is no unallocated space available for creation, try "Move/Resize Partition" to release some free space, and then create new partition.
    • For Windows Server users, MiniTool Partition Wizard Server is the right choice.