When referring to splitting a drive, computer users often need to split a whole hard drive when they install a new one on their computer. For example, you may split a new hard drive into several partitions like C, D, E, F, etc on your computer. Even after installing a hard drive on PC for a long time, you can split a disk partition if you think that it has lot of free space. However, what you should pay attention to is to avoid data loss during partition split. This article will tell how to split a C drive into multiple partitions without touching any data or causing influence on operating system.
You can split a disk partition into two or more partitions so that you can create more partitions on your computer. For example, you may want to split a drive since your computer only contains two partitions – one system partition and one data partition. In most case, it is highly recommended to split a data partition to create another partition because you had better ensure that there is enough free space on C drive to avoid system partition low disk space problem. However, if there is too much free space on system partition, but data partition only has little free space, you can also split C drive into several partitions on your computer.
Since your computer might run under different Windows operating system, you may need to use different methods to split C drive.
If your PC runs in Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system, you can split C drive into several partitions without relying on any other tool. Windows 10, 8, 7 has built-in Disk Management tool to resize hard drive on your computer. You just need to open Disk Management on your computer and follow the steps below to split C drive into multiple partitions:
Step1. Right click C drive after accessing Disk Management and click Shrink Volume option.
Step2. Enter the amount of space you want to shrink from C drive and then click Shrink button to get some unallocated space.
Step3. Right click the unallocated volume under Disk Management and click New Simple Volume.
Step4. Enter the amount of space you want to allocate to this new volume and then format this volume to get a new partition.
Step5. If there is unallocated space left, you can repeat Step3 and Step4 to create another new volume.
1. You do not need to backup data because it does not touch any file stored on the partition.
2. It does not have any influence on Windows system by using Disk Management to split C drive.
3. You should leave enough available space on C drive to protect the C drive from running out of disk space.
Windows XP Disk Management does not have ability to shrink partition, so you may need to reinstall system and reallocate disk space if you want to split C drive. It is usually complex to do so because system reinstalling is not an easy task for every PC user. Therefore, if you do not want to repartition C drive by reinstalling Windows XP system, you can use IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free to perform partition resizing. It is free partition software for Windows XP Vista 7 8 10, so you can use it to split C drive into multiple partitions without deleting any file or doing any harm to Windows system.
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