How to Create and Repair Hard Drive Partitions in Windows 11

Windows lets you divide your storage into different partitions to better manage files and folders. In addition, It’s a good idea to keep things like your work files and personal files separate. That way, you can effectively manage your important files and keep them separate, especially if you often share your computer with others.

It helps when you add a Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Drive as storage expansion to supplement the storage that Windows 11 runs on. That is, Creating partitions on your hard drive is difficult. To help with this, we’ll explain everything you need to know about creating or modifying hard drive partitions on your Windows 11 PC.

How to Create Hard Drive Partitions in Windows 11

Windows provides a Disk Management utility to perform storage-related tasks on your Windows PC. This is a solid choice when you want to format a storage drive or create a new partition.

Here are the steps to create a disk partition using the Disk Management utility on your Windows 11 PC:

Step 1: Press the Windows + X keys to access the Power User Menu and click Disk Management.

Step 2: Right-click on the disk you want to partition. Then click on Shrink Volume.

Step 3: Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB to determine the partition size. You need to be careful what number you enter. Then click Shrink.

Step 4: Right-click on the newly created Unallocated partition (with gray lines) and select ‘New Simple Volume’.

Step 5: When a new Simple Volume Wizard appears on the screen, Click Next.

Step 6: If you plan to create additional partitions. Specify the partition size you want to create. Then click Next.

Step 7: Click the ‘Assign the following drive letter’ drop-down list to select a drive letter for your partition. Then click Next.

Step 8: Select an appropriate file system (by default, select NTFS) and type a name in the box next to the Volume label option. Then click Next.

After that, A File Explorer window will open to display the newly created drive partitions. In our case, They are new volume (D:) and new volume (E:). Repeat the process to create additional partitions.

How to Merge Hard Drive Partitions in Windows 11

It’s very convenient though. Partitions are sometimes unused or unused. In such a case, You may need to merge your existing hard drive partitions to create a larger space to store more files in one partition.

Back up your essential files before proceeding further. Merging Disk Partitions with the Disk Management utility will delete all data on the existing partition that you want to merge with another partition.

Here’s how you can easily merge hard drive partitions on your Windows 11 PC.

Step 1: Press the Windows + X keys to access the Power User Menu and click Disk Management.

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Step 2: Right-click on the second pane (New Volume D: in our case) and select Delete Volume.

Step 3: If you have backed up the data contained in the selected partition, click Yes.

Meanwhile, If you have not backed up the files contained in the second partition. Click No, After creating the backup, step 1; Repeat 2 and 3.

When you select Yes to delete the partition, The utility will remove the partition and label it as Unallocated with a black bar above it.

Step 4: After deleting that partition, Right-click on the main partition you want to extend and click Extend Volume.

Step 5: When the Extend Volume Wizard appears on the screen, Click Next.

Step 6: Click Next if you want to merge the entire partition.

However, If you want to merge just a part of it, enter a specific size in the ‘Select amount of space in MB’ text box before clicking Next.

Step 7: Click Finish.

After clicking finish, The Disk Management utility will merge the Unallocated partition with the existing partition.

Make it easier to manage files in Windows 11.

That’s pretty good. When you know how to create and modify hard drive partitions on your Windows 11 PC, You can start making changes on your computer. It simplifies file management and keeps your files safe if you ever need to reinstall Windows on your computer.

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