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You may want to partition a USB drive because it’s portable and convenient to use. This post will show you several solutions to how to partition a USB drive that you can choose from. With the step and screenshots to each method, you are able to operate step by step according to the instructions.

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While many users use USB drives to save data and keep it carry-on due to its increased capacity and small size, they sometimes need to repartition the USB drive. For instance, since Windows 10 Version 1703 supports multiple partitions on removable media like USB Sticks, they want to divide the USB drive into several parts because of its large capacity. Or they want to recreate partition on the USB drive because it has a RAW file system or has an unsupported file system.

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Do you know how to partition USB drive? Follow our guide if you haven't come up with any good idea.

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How to Partition a USB Drive

How to partition USB flash drive? When it comes to USB drive management, users are suggested to download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to do the job.

The reason? As one of the best disk partition managers, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is not only easy to use but also is full of abilities. For instance, it can create/resize/merge/split/delete/format partition on USB drive, copy partition on USB drive, wipe USB drive, and more. Besides, this partition manager is very easy to use even for green hands. Its clear interface and user-friendly wizards can lead you to go over the steps without any difficulty.

To partition a USB drive, see the details below:

Create Partition

If there is no partition on the USB drive or the partition gets deleted/lost, you will need to create a new partition on it before you can use it. Here is how to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to partition USB thumb drive.

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  1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to get the main interface. Then at the disk map area, select the unallocated space on the USB drive and choose Create Partition from the action panel.
  2. In the new emerging window, customize the partition label, partition type, drive letter, file system, cluster size and adjust the partition size by moving the slider bar or entering partition size before you click OK button.
  3. In the end, click Apply to save this change.

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partition creation process

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Tip: You can partition USB thumb drive with the help of built-in Windows utilities.

In Disk Management (you can run "diskmgmt.msc" to get its main window or you can right-click This PC, choose Management and then Disk Management to reach this interface), right-click on the unallocated space of the USB drive and choose "New Simple Volume" feature from the context menu. Follow the instruction of the wizard to finish the process by determining the volume size, drive letter, file system, allocation unit size and volume label by yourself.

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In CMD, type the following commands and end up each one with the Enter key.

  • Diskpart
  • List disk
  • Select disk n (n should be replaced with the exact disk number of the USB drive)
  • Create partition primary size=n (note that n represents the volume size and the unit is MB)
  • Format quick
  • Exit (exit diskpart)
  • Exit (exit CMD)

Delete Partition

In short, if a partition on the USB drive is no longer needed, you can go ahead and delete it. Also, to reparation USB hard drive, you may need to delete the existing partitions and then create new partitions with the desired partition size and file system.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free makes it easy for you to delete partition. See the guide below:

  1. Select the partition on the USB drive and choose Delete Partition from the action panel.
  2. Click Apply on the toolbar to execute. After a minute, the partition turns into unallocated space.

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Now you can select the unallocated space and then choose Create Partition. Then follow the wizard to finish.

You might also be interested in our guide Why Can't Delete Volume on USB Flash Drive and How to Fix the Issue.

How to Create Multiple Partitions on USB Flash Drive

Is it possible to create multiple partitions on a USB flash drive?

Since Windows 10 Version 1703 supports multiple partitions on removable disks, users are eager to know how to create multiple partitions on USB drive. After all, the capacity of USB drive keeps increasing and it is unwise to put all eggs in one basket. Here you can find the easiest way to do this task.

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is also the best recommendation. Like what we have mentioned in the beginning, it offers Split Partition feature that helps divide a partition into several parts. What's more, more solutions are offered by this flexible partition manager. Detailed steps are shown below:

Way 1. Split partition into several parts – works for FAT and NTFS partitions

  1. Select the USB drive partition and choose Split Partition from the action panel.
  2. In the Split Partition window, you see MiniTool Partition Wizard automatically divides the partition into two parts and determines their partition size for you. But you can also move the slider leftwards/rightwards to determine the partition size by yourself. After doing this, click the OK button.
  3. Click Apply on the toolbar and confirm the operation if you see a prompt message.

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Repeat the above steps if you want more partitions.

Way 2. Resize and create – works for FAT and NTFS partitions

The second choice for you is to shrink the current partition and then make use of the unallocated space to create new partitions.

  1. Select the partition on the USB drive and choose Move/Resize Partition from the left panel.
  2. In the Move/Resize Partition window, drag the slider leftwards to allocate some disk space. You can also accurate the partition size by entering the partition size directly. Then click OK to go back to the main interface.
  3. Click Apply.
  4. Select the unallocated space just released and choose Create Partition from the left panel. Follow the guide to finish creating another partition.

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What if the partition has other file systems instead of FAT and NTFS? In that case, you should first of all back up important data first, delete the existing partition then and create partitions one by one on the USB drive finally.

Tip: Use Disk Management to help.

It is said that you can also create multiple partitions on USB drive within Disk Management on condition that the operating system your PC is running is Windows 10 Version 1703. Please make sure the most recent version of Windows ADK is installed. Then you can follow the guide below to create multiple partitions on USB drive:

  1. Right-click the partition on the USB drive and select "Shrink Volume" from the context menu. (Tip: you should know that Windows can only shrink a partition that has NTFS or RAW file system. Hence, you need to format the partition to NTFS if it has other file systems.)
  2. Immediately Disk Management is querying shrink space for you. In the next interface, you can enter the amount of space to shrink in MB and then click Shrink button.
  3. Now right-click on the unallocated space released just now and then choose "New Simple Volume". Follow the New Simple Volume Wizard and determine the volume size, drive letter, file system, allocation unit size, volume label and click Next -> Finish.

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Knowing how to partition USB flash drive/thumb drive, how to further manage the already created partitions? Don't worry, MiniTool Partition Wizard makes everything easy. Here we would like to show you some features that can be used frequently.

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From the above operations you know MiniTool Partition Wizard is really of great help when it comes to partitioning hard drive. In fact, it is much more powerful. Here you can see more features it owns to help you manager USB drive batter.

Format Partition

As USB drives are always taken away and connected to computers with different operating systems, sometimes you may find the USB drive is not accessible on a different PC. Besides, a USB drive may become inaccessible because of the RAW file system and Windows asks you to format it. If these are the cases you encounter, you should consider changing the file system of the USB drive.

But how to change file system when a partition is already created? The easier way we think is to format the hard drive with new file system. But remember formatting will lead to data loss, so you need to transfer important files to a safe location beforehand to avoid data loss.

Tip: You may just format USB drive within Windows. But if you see the "Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format" Error, you had better use MiniTool Partition Wizard instead.
  1. Select the USB partition and choose Format Partition from the action panel.
  2. Drop down the file system list to choose the file system you need before you click OK.
  3. When you see the main interface again, press Apply on the toolbar.

convert Fat to NTFS32

You might also be interested in our guide These 3 Ways Helps Format USB to NTFS in Windows 10/8/7.

Convert between FAT and NTFS

Sometimes you may just want to convert a FAT/FAT32 partition to NTFS because you are going to save individual files larger than 4GB to the USB drive but Windows says "file is too large for the destination file system". MiniTool Partition Wizard helps you do the conversion without data loss. Just select the FAT/FAT32 partition on the USB drive and choose Convert FAT to NTFS from the action panel and then click Start button in the pop-up window.

start the operation

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Also, if you use the USB drive on PS3/PS4 to play games, you will find that NTFS is not supported. In this case, you have to convert the NTFS partition to FAT32. Similarly, MiniTool Partition Wizard offers the way to convert NTFS back to FAT32 without data loss. However, you should know this is a paid feature that is available only in the Pro and more advanced editions (view Edition Comparison). Get a copy of the Pro edition if you are interested.

Wipe Disk/Partition

In many cases, a USB drive can be used by multiple people. So it is significant to prevent privacy from leakage. As we know, professional data recovery software can easily recover lost/deleted data from deleted/formatted/damaged partitions. The safest way to prevent privacy leaks is to wipe the disk partition thoroughly. Luckily, MiniTool Partition Wizard offers such kind of features called "Wipe Disk" and "Wipe Partition".

We take Wipe Disk for instance.

  1. Select the USB drive from the disk map, and then choose Wipe Disk from the action panel.
  2. In the pop-up window, select a wiping method and click OK to return to the main interface. Note that the slower the wiping process, the higher security you get. However, to maintain the service life of the USB drive, do not wipe disk frequently unless you have to do it.
  3. Click Apply on the top left corner. Note that the wiping process can last long, please wait patiently.

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apply the wiping disk operation

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Bottom Line

Here comes to the end of this post. Now you know how to partition USB flash drive and how to create multiple partitions on USB flash drive. We hope you can benefit from this post. If you have any questions or nice suggestions while using MiniTool Partition Wizard, welcome to leave us comments in the following section. Also, you can contact our support by sending an email to [email protected]. Much appreciated!

Partition USB Drive FAQ

Can you partition a USB drive?
Usually, it is advised that your USB drive contains only one partition if it does not have large capacity. However, if the USB drive has large capacity such as 256GB, partitioning USB drive is a good way to category your files. However, to use the second partition of a USB drive, make sure you are running Windows 10 1703 version.
How do I partition a USB drive in Windows 10?

Usually, you are suggested to partition USB drive using free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard.

  1. Connect the USB drive to computer.
  2. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard.
  3. Find the USB drive in the disk map of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
  4. Create multiple partitions if the USB drive is whole unallocated or split partition if it has a big partition.
How do I make my USB a FAT32 partition?
Generally, you are able to create a FAT32 partition on USB drive using Diskpart.exe or Disk Management tool. Be aware that using these tools the FAT32 partition won’t exceed 32GB in partition size. To break this limit, using MiniTool Partition Wizard which allow creating FAT32 partition no more than 2TB.
How do I make an active partition on a flash drive?

To make an active partition on a UBS flash drive, using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to help:

  1. Connect the USB flash drive to computer.
  2. Run MiniTool Partition Wizard Free and get its main interface.
  3. Select the partition on the flash drive you want to set active and choose Set Active.
  4. Click Apply on the toolbar.
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