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The Best Way to Split Large Drive to Two Small Partitions

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    icon Question:
    "There are 2 drives on my hard disk, namely drive C with 100GB and drive D with 400GB. D is so large that I want to split it to multiple drives. Is there a way to split large drive to two small partitions without losing any data?"


    The above example shows true case on splitting partitions. It is believed that most of you may encounter such cases when using a hard drive. Before introducing the solution, let’s see what does splitting partition mean and why do you need to split partition.

    Why to Split Partition


    In fact, splitting partition means to divide a large partition into two small partitions one time. If you perform this operation for several times, you can get many partitions on a hard drive. When buying a new computer with only one partition, or there is a large partition on the hard drive, you need to create new partitions quickly, so it is suggested to split the drive without losing data.

    This way is very convenient and simple to create new partitions to store various data, including pictures, videos, files, documents, excels, applications, music and so on. Usually, when there is a large partition on the disk, you may shrink the partition to get some free disk space and then create a new partition with Disk Management. Actually, this way may take you some time. Fortunately, in order to achieve the aim, there is a simple and quick way that is to split large partition into small partitions.

    How to Split Large Drive to Two Small Partitions


    After knowing so much information about partition split, now it is time to solve the above two questions. If you want to create a new partition on a hard drive with a large partition, you can choose to partition a drive by splitting partition.

    To perform this operation, you had better ask third party partition manager for help, because both diskpart and Windows built-in Disk Management tool do not provide such a function. Here, the free partition manager - MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition is highly recommended. It can be used to resize/move/wipe/create/extend/shrink partition, migrate system to SSD, copy partition and so on. Also it can directly help hard drive split into 2 partitions quickly without bringing any damage to data. More importantly, this partition software is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 PCs.

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    Step 1: Firstly, download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition and run it. Select the large partition. On the left pane you can see lots of partition operations, please click "Split Partition" feature to help to divide the large partition to two partitions. Or right click the target drive and then select "Split".

    split partition

    Step 2: In the picture below, please drag the handle to specify the size for new partition. In the partition size part, corresponding size will be shown and you can see the original partition size and new partition size clearly. Then, click "OK" to continue.

    two partitions

    Step 3: You can preview the original large partition will be divided into two small partitions in the following screenshot. Please click "Apply" button to perform the change. If you want to get more partitions, please split partition again by taking the same method.

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    note Note:
    1.When there are four primary partitions on a hard drive, MiniTool Partition Wizard can’t split the primary partition.
    2.In addition, when there are three primary partitions plus extended partition, you can only split the primary partition which is located in front of the logical partition.
    3.Under the two cases, MiniTool Partition Wizard will show you "no free MBR slots" warning.


    Summary


    In conclusion, just do as the step-by-step guidance shows, then you can easily split large drive to two small partitions without data loss. Please download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition at once for a free try. We believe this freeware would not disappoint you. 

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