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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Primary partitions in Windows 7

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The partitioning process in Windows 7 is similar to that in Windows Xp with the exception of a few minor differences which are described below. Unlike XP, when creating a new partition in Windows 7 you don’t have the opportunity to choose whether it will be primary or logical, as this task is performed automatically by the disk manager. Thus when you create partitions using Disk Management, the first three volumes you create will always be formatted as primary partitions while the fourth volume will be configured as a logical drive within an extended partition. There are also several interesting features in Disk Management, allowing the creation of spanned, stripped or mirrored volumes. However, to create a partition or volume on a hard disk, there must be either unallocated space or free space within an extended partition on the hard disk and of course you must be logged on as an administrator.


1. Open Computer Management by clicking the My computer icon with the right mouse button and then clicking Manage from the menu.
2. When the Computer Management window opens select Disk Management from the navigation panel panel on the left.
3. Right-click on unallocated space on your hard disk, and then click New Simple Volume.

4. Now you can type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the default size, which is the maximum available space. Then click Next.
5. In the next window you can choose a drive letter for identification of the new partition or accept the default one. Click Next.

6. In the Format Partition window you can leave all options as they are set by default. More interesting here is the Quick format option which is much faster than a normal format but it doesn’t completely erase the data and doesn’t check the new volume for errors.

7. In the last window you can review your choices and then close the wizard by clicking Finish.

8. Finally, you should have a new primary partition (volume) and less unallocated space.

Of course your new volume should also appear in the My computer window.

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