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  • What is a hard drive partition?

    A disk partition allows you to take one big hard drive and divide it into multiple virtual hard drives. You could, for example, dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu by installing one operating system on each partition. You could also have your operating system on one partition and keep all your data on another partition.

    Examining the Hard drive Layout

    One way to understand the system drive structure is to use a tool supplied with Windows System called Disk Management, a snap-in that's part of the Microsoft Management Console. The majority of systems sold today for home or small Professional use will come equipped with one hard drive; although many manufacturers offer special deals on new systems that make it financially attractive to add a second, third, or even fourth hard drive if you have a need for the extra capacity. In spite of the fact that a single hard drive can be configured in many different ways, it's a pretty safe bet that an off the shelf system will arrive in one of two basic configurations: either the entire drive will be partitioned as C: as shown in Fig. 01 or it will be split into two partitions, one as C: that is visible and another partition that is hidden and contains an image of the operating system (and a ton of useless software) in case things go terribly wrong requiring a reinstall of the operating system.

    Disk Management can support some simple drive partition management. But all these operations are at a risk of data loss. So if you want to partition your hard drive, you need turn to a 3rd party partition management software.

    As a professional partition manager, Partition Wizard allows you to perform both basic and advanced partition management without worrying about any data loss. MiniTool Partition Manager works quite well with most storage devices. With its help, you can perform the following operation in seconds, such as Move/Resize Partition, Merge Partition, Change Cluster Size, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition, Partition Recovery, Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk and much more. All these operation would be carried out under a protection mode, so you need never worry about data loss due to any reasons.

    Some more advanced functions: rebuild MBR, convert DPT (disk partition table) format from MBR to GTP, and recover data, move/resize system partitions, convert file systems and much more.

    MiniTool Partition Manager can support both MBR and GUID partition table format running on 32/64 bits Operating System including Windows XP, Vista, Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and latest Windows 7.

    Such a powerful partition manager is available for you on the website: https://www.partitionwizard.com/