Easily Create A
Partition On Your Hard Disk With Windows XP!
If you've moved up from Windows 95 or 98 to Windows XP, one big thing you'll
notice is that creating new partitions doesn't have to be done from the command
line any more. Windows XP makes it easy to create a new partition using the
graphical disk management tool. Here's how:
1. Turn off your computer and install your new hard disk. It's unlikely that you
have any unpartitioned space on which to create a new partition on the drive
already in the machine, so you'll need to add a new drive. New drives typically
don't come preformatted, so you'll need to create your own partitions and format
2. Start your computer and logon as an administrator. Click Start and then click
the Run command. In the Open text box type: diskmgmt.msc and click OK.
3. A Wizard will appear when the Disk Management console opens. Go through the
Wizard's steps and allow it to initialize the new disk, but do not allow the
Wizard to convert the disk from basic to dynamic.
4. You will see, on the left side of the console, disk icons that represent
"Disk 0", "Disk 1," etc. Your new disk should be the one with the highest
number. The size of the disk should be listed, and the word "Unallocated" should
be just under the size. Right click where it shows the size of the disk and
click the New Partition command.
5. Click Next on the New Partition Wizard Welcome page.
6. On the Select Partition Type page, click on both of the options and read the
Descriptions. We'll assume here you're creating a primary partition. Select
Primary partition and click Next.
7. On the Specify Partition Size page, type in the size of the partition.
Depending on what you want to use the disk for, you might want to create more
than one partition. Type in the size of the new partition in the Partition size
in MB text box and click Next.
8. On the Assign Drive Letter or Path page, you can bind the partition to a
drive letter or mount it in an empty NTFS folder. In this example, you'll do it
the old fashioned way and assign the partition a new drive letter. Select the
drive letter and click Next.
9. You need to format the partition to use it. Always use NTFS unless you need
to allow other operating systems on the same machine to access the drive. You
can use the defaults, or customize the Allocation unit size based on the types
of applications you want to run on the disk. Click Next.
10. Click Finish.
Note: You'll see the drive being formatted. You can use the partition after the
formatting is complete.
Let me know if you need anything else.
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