How to Create a New Hard Disk Partition on Windows 7

Disk partitioning is the act of dividing your HDD into multiple logical storage units referred to as partitions, to treat one physical disk drive as if it were multiple disks (Wikipedia). This post will show you step by step guide how to create a new partition (also called a volume) in your HDD by shrinking an existing partition first.

  1. Click Start > Control Panel Open control panel

  2. Select "System and Security" Select system and security

  3. Click "Administrative Tools" click Administrative Tools

  4. Double click on "Computer Management" double click on Computer Management

  5. Select "Disk Management" select Disk Management

  6. Right click on drive which you want to shrink, and then click "Shrink Volume" select Shrink Volume

  7. Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB (Mega Bytes) example: 20000 for 20GB (Giga Bytes), then click Shrink enter the amount of space to shrink in MBunallocated volumeWARNING!: If you want to install any OS in this partition you should stop here. Follow this guide to install Windows 8

  8. Select the new unallocated Volume (left click on it), then right click > select "New Simple Volume" select New Single Volume

  9. "Welcome to the New Simple Volume Wizard, This wizard helps you create a simple volume on a disk. A simple volume can only be on a single disk. To continue, click Next." Click Next Simple Volume Wizard

  10. "Specifiy Volume Size, Choose a volume size that is between the maximum and minimum sizes." Click Next Specify Volume Size

  11. "Assign Drive Letter or Path. For easier access, you can assign a drive letter or drive path to your partition." Please choose drive letter. e.g: Z then click Next please assign drive letter or path

  12. "Format Partition To store data on this partition, you must format it first." Choose whether you want to format this volume, and if so, what settings you want to use. Click Next format partition

  13. Completing the New Single Volume Wizard You have successfully completed the New Simple Volume Wizard. Click Finish Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard

  14. "The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure want to continue?" Please read "WARNING" on step 7… or click Yes convert basic disk to dynamic disk

  15. Done! new partition created successfully

  • Ajay Verma

    when i am give the “yes” some dynamic disks error found…
    dynamic disks are not supported by this operating supported by this operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters/

  • Tewodros

    I also got the same error, when i am give the “yes” some dynamic disks error found…
    dynamic disks are not supported by this operating supported by this operating system or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported on clusters/

  • Tewodros

    After this all steps finally I got this message.

  • tom

    After finish all stteps I got this message.