When installing or reinstalling operating system, some users just partition hard disk to one or few partitions, which is actually not good for data storage and may slow down computer running speed. Therefore, the question can I increase the number of partition is raised frequently. Here, aiming at different Windows platforms and different situations, we provide different solutions.
Increase the Number of Partition When There Is Unallocated Space
To check whether there is unallocated space on hard drive, users just need to open system built-in Disk Management tool. If there is such a space, right click it and choose the function "Create" from shortcut menu to create a new partition. In the process of creating partition, users are able to set partition size, so they can create multiple partitions according to actual demands.
Increase the Number of Partition When There Is no Unallocated Space
When there is no unallocated space on hard disk, aiming at different Windows platforms, we will give 2 solutions to increase the number of partition:
In Windows Vista and later ones:
As of Windows Vista, Microsoft adds functions of resizing partition to system built-in Disk Management tool, and users can solve the problem can I increase the number of partition by using this tool easily. Next, let's take Windows 7 for example to show specific operations.
This is the main interface of Windows 7 built-in Disk Management tool. After right clicking a certain partition, we can see multiple functions in the popup menu. Please click the function "Shrink Volume…" to shrink the selected partition, and then unallocated space will be released. Next, right click the unallocated space and choose the function "Create Volume…" to create new partitions.
In Windows operating systems released before Windows Vista
Under these Windows operating systems, users had better not pin hope on system built-in Disk Management tool, because there is no such a function. And they need the help of third-party partition manager. Here, we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard. Next, we will show users how to increase the number of partition by using this program.
Firstly, launch the partition manager to get its main interface:
Then, select the partition which has a lot of unused space left and click the function "Move/Resize Partition" in action panel to get the following interface:
In the interface above, drag triangles on edges of partition handle towards the middle to shrink partition so as to get unallocated space. Then, create new partitions with the unallocated space. After creation, users increase the number of partition by using MiniTool Partition Wizard successfully.
In summary, it is possible and easy to increase the number of partition no matter in any situations and on any Windows platform. Take one of these solutions according to actual demands.