There are three types of hard drive partition: primary partition, extended partition, and logical partition. They often work together to form a common hard drive partition mode. The active primary partition is independent, and it is usually in the front part of one disk. One disk can only be divided into four primary partitions, but it is far from satisfying for users. Then the concept of extended partition and logical partition is created.
After creating primary partition, the rest part of one disk can be used to create extended partition, and there can only be one extended partition at the most. Extended partition can't be directly used, and it is used to create multiple logical partitions. When creating logical partition, system will allocate a drive letter to every logical partition. It is suggested to use partition management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard to create extended NTFS partition.
Partition management software
Speaking of partition management software, we will probably think about the classical partition magic. This software has really great performance but now it is no longer compatible with new operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. Hence, the excellent Partition Magic alternative MiniTool Partition Wizard developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. is released.
MiniTool Partition Wizard runs perfectly in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, as well as Windows 7. Its powerful functions include create partition, merge partition, move partition, resize partition, convert partition format, and partition recovery, etc. In addition, security and availability of MiniTool Partition Wizard are also rather high. The following is a brief demonstration of using MiniTool Partition Wizard to create extended NTFS partition.
Use MiniTool Partition Wizard to create logical partition
Before using MiniTool Partition Wizard to create extended NTFS partition, we should firstly visit https://www.partitionwizard.com/ to download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard. Do not install it to the partition that needs operation, avoiding rebooting computer.
After installation, launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to enter main interface:
This is main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard. We can check disk and partition basic information here. Right click the unallocated space in the list and select "Create" to enter the next interface:
In this interface, we can set partition information including partition file system. After setting this partition as NTFS, we can drag the little triangles at the partition handle borders to set partition size, or we can input exact value in textbox. At last, click on "OK" button to return to main interface.
After checking every operation, click on "Apply" button at top left corner to execute all settings. Then the new extended NTFS partition is created.
If there is no partition in one disk, this disk can't be used. Create partition is the most basic operation of partition management. It is suggested to use third-party partition management software MiniTool Partition Wizard to create partition. Its user-friendly interface and powerful function are worthy of your trust!