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How to Initialize or Partition a Hard Disk

Before installing the operating system and software, the user needs to initialize and format the new hard disk. Then they can use the hard drive to store a variety of information. If you are looking for a reliable way to partition your hard drive for free in Windows 10/8/7, then this is the right choice. We'll show you the easiest way to help you initialize a new SSD or HDD and partition and format a hard drive using Windows built-in disk management.

What is a disk partition

A partition is a part of a disk with a specific size, which was set when it was created. Disk partitioning means that the user divides the hard disk into several logical parts using the partition editor. After that, they can store different directories and files in different partitions. The more partitions, the more different the storage location. Therefore, users can store files in different partitions. Partitioning a hard drive in Windows is not difficult and usually takes only a few minutes.

Disk partition in Windows PC

Should I partition a hard disk | SSD

Many users will ask such a question: Should I partition a new hard drive | SSD? The answer is yes. Typically, a newly purchased laptop contains only one partition on its hard drive. Saving data on applications and operating systems can be risky in the same partition. In addition, saving a large amount of information on a system partition can slow down your computer. Partitioning can also make backups easier. So I suggest you do this, especially if you want to make extra partitions.

Disk partitioning has many advantages.

First, disk partitioning allows you to have multiple operating systems on a single computer. This is useful if you want to run two versions of Windows, or Windows and Linux. Second, disk partitioning allows you to separate systems and data. You can install Windows and various programs on your system partition and store data (such as documents, pictures, music, and video files) to a new partition. This is the best way to avoid unexpected data loss disasters caused by system problems. Finally, Partitioning can also make backing up easier.

How to initialize a new hard drive

You may need to initialize a new SSD or HDD when you get a brand new hard drive or SSD or an error such as "Disk is not uninitialized" or "You must initialize the disk before the Logical Disk Manager can access the disk".

Simply follow the steps below to initialize the hard drive disk or SSD in Windows 10/8/7 using Disk Management.

Step 1: Type the partition in the Search box and press Enter. This will open the Disk Management window.

Type partitions in search box

Step 2: Locate and right-click the hard drive or SSD you want to initialize, then click Initialize Disk. If the disk is listed as "Offline", right-click the disk and select "Online".

Initialize disk

Step 3: In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the correct disk to initialize. Then click OK to accept the default partition style, or you can change the partition style (GPT or MBR) as needed.

Initialize the new disk

How to partition a hard disk in Disk Management

The easiest way to partition a new or existing hard drive is to use Windows' built-in disk management tool. You must be logged in as an administrator and there must be unallocated disk space or free space in the extended partition on your hard disk. If there is no unallocated disk space, you can create some disk space by shrinking the existing partition.

Step 1: Open the Disk Management. (Press Win + X, K)

Step 2: Right-click on the hard drive and select Shrink Volume. Windows will spend some time querying the volume to get the available shrink space.

Shrink C Volume

Step 3: Right-click on the unassigned area on your hard disk and select New Simple Volume.

Create new simple volume

Step 4: In the New Simple Volume Wizard, choose Next.

Enter the size of the volume you want to create (in megabytes (MB)) or accept the maximum default size and select Next. Accept the default drive letter or select a different drive letter to identify the partition and select Next.

Assign drive letter to identify partition

Step 5: In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:

  • If you don't want to format the volume immediately, select Do not format this volume, and select Next.
  • To format the volume with the default settings, select Next.

Format Partition

Step 6: Check your selection, and then select Finish.