Question: there are 4 partitions (including 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition) and one unallocated space on my Windows 8 computer. I plan to use the unallocated space to create a new partition which is specially for storing computer games. Nevertheless, Disk Management tool finally prompted I can't create partition for Windows 8 and only gave me the following prompt:
What's the reason for this situation?
Why Can't Create Partition in Windows 8
All these are caused by limitations of MBR disk as well as Windows 8 snap-in Disk Management tool. Searching MBR on the internet, we will find MBR disk only supports 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition at most. When there have been 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition, users will be not allowed to create primary partition. Some users may say they can create a logical partition instead, but why this user still can't create partition in Windows 8? It is because of defects of Windows 8 built-in Disk Management tool.
When users create partition via unallocated space by using system built-in Disk Management tool, the newly created partition will be set as primary partition by default, and users are unable to change it. Therefore, users can't create partition for Windows 8 under that situation.
Fortunately, third-party partition magic can break through limitations of system built-in disk management tool. The following example will prove what I said.
Create Partition by Using Third-party Partition Magic
Of course, users should download a piece of excellent partition software from the internet at first. If they fear of downloading inferior software, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard. Next, let's see how to create partition with unallocated space when there have been 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition.
Firstly, launch the recommended partition magic to get its main interface:
Then, select the unallocated space and choose the function "Create Partition" from action panel to get the following interface:
This interface shows the new partition is set as logical partition. After making other settings, click "OK" to go back to the main interface:
Now, we can see a newly created partition namely partition L has emerged. Please click "Apply" button to apply changes to Windows 8. After application, users create partition successfully.
Note: to create a logical partition between 2 primary partitions is not allowed in Partition Wizard since logical partition is quite different from primary partition. Under this situation, users need to change the position between primary partition and unallocated space via the function “Move/Resize Partition” and make the space neighboring to logical partition.
Seeing the introduction above, users now do not need to worry about the problem that system built-in Disk Management tool can't create partition in Windows 8 any more. Try using this solution on your own.