#FridayHacks: How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1

One of the main questions that  any individual owning a laptop in this country (whether college student or ordinary citizen)  is how to partition a Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive considering that the system is relatively new.

One thing you need to know first is that portioning is necessary for data safety – if your Windows 8/8.1 hard drive only has one partition including Windows, boot files, programs, documents, photos and so on, when there is something wrong with your system, all data on the partition may be lost. On the other, hard drive partitioning can make full use of disk space and will be more convenient for us to assort different kinds of files and documents, and make our computer run smoothly.


There are 3 main situations which normally led to one deciding to partition his or her windows 8.1 drive. The  situation can be that either you have one partition on the hard drive and you need to divide more partitions for difference uses and data safety.


Also  you might have purchased a new hard drive, There is no doubt that  you will need to create several individual partitions and store different data.

More so, after installing some applications and Windows updates, system partition (C: drive) may run out of disk space, but there is much more unused space in other partitions, such as D: partition. In such case, you can partition hard drive to make system partition bigger by taking disk space from D: from C: drive.

No matter for what reason, Windows 8 and 8.1 Disk Management and a third-party free partition manager software can help you partition a Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive without formatting or reinstalling system.

Partition a hard drive with Windows 8/8.1 Disk Management tool

Disk Management is a built-in tool of Windows 8 or 8.1. It is able to shrink volume, extend partition, create partition, format partition. But the limitation of this tool is that you are only allowed to extend a partition to contiguous unallocated space on the right side, otherwise, “Extend Volume” option will be grayed out. The following will take “shrink a partition and create a partition” for example.

  • Open Windows 8 or 8.1 Disk Management by pressing “Windows + R” and typing “diskmgmt.msc”. In the pop-up window, right click on a partition and select “Shrink Volume”.
  • In the pop-up window, enter the amount of space to shrink.
  • Click “Shrink” and we can get an unallocated space. Then, right click on it and select “New Simple Volume”. Then, we can partition a new volume in Windows 8 or 8.1 by following the guidance.
  • Partition a hard drive in Windows 8 or 8.1 with free partition manager software

Although Windows 8/8.1 Disk Management utility can partition a new volume, it still has some shortcomings. But partition manager like AOMEI Partition Assistant is a professional and advanced software to partition a hard drive in Windows 8 or 8.1, not only includes basic features, but also advanced features, such as Move Partition, Merge Partition, Disk Copy Wizard and so on. Furthermore it can work well with all Windows operating systems.

The following will take “extend a partition” and “create a partition” for example to guide you how to use AOMEI Partition Assistant to partition a hard drive of Windows 8.

Extend a Partition

Step1: Launch the software and choose “Extend Partition Wizard” on the left wizards tab. In the pop-up window, there are two options available to choose, here we take “Extend system partition” for example.


Step2: Select a partition that you plan to take free space from and then click “Next”.


Step3: Move the bar rightward to decide how much free space you would like to add from partition D to partition C, and then click “Next”. In the next step, please click “Proceed” to execute the operation.


Create a Partition

Step1: Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, and then right click on a partition which has enough free disk space (here is C drive) and select “Create Partition”.


Step2: In the pop-up window, you can change drive letter and manually adjust the size of new partition by inputting exact size or dragging the slider bar leftwards or rightwards. In addition, you can also enter a partition label, select partition type (primary or logical) and file system by clicking “Advanced”.


Step3:Click “OK”. You will find that Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive has a new partition. Click “Apply” to commit the operations.


The free magic partition software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is more easy-to-use and advanced in comparison to Windows 8/8.1 Disk Management to partition a hard drive in Windows 8 and 8.1. Please free download it and experience the other powerful features.



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