In a previous article, I explained how to customize your taskbar color, but you will learn how to customize your storage device in this article through partitioning.
By partitioning the SSD, you are dividing your hard drive into different parts, a part for the operating system and the other parts for your files, programs, and apps. That is, you are creating multiple drives on a single disk drive.
There are several reasons for partitioning an SSD, and this post will explore them and also show you how to do the partitioning.
Let us begin!
Disk Partitioning in Windows
To partition the SSD on Windows 11, we shall use disk management. Disk management is a system utility tool in Windows 11 that lets you perform different tasks on your storage device including creating partitions. Here are the steps to partition SSD in Windows 11.
Step 1: Open Disk Management
You can open the disk management on your PC using the search button. Click on the search button from the taskbar and enter “create and format hard disk” in the search field and click on the icon from the search results.
You can also open the disk management from the control panel. Search for the control panel from the PC and click the icon when it displays in the search results.
Click on “System and Security” in the control panel.
Next, click on the “Create and format hard disk partitions” option, and the computer management window will display.
Step 3: Shrink Volume
When the disk management option displays to the right of the window, locate the disk you want to partition from the options. The system will list all the available partitions if you already have more than one. But if you do not have any partition, the operating system will occupy the whole disk and all you will have is the system partition with the label Disk 0.
Right-click on the system partition (if you have no other existing partitions) and select shrink volume to create unallocated space.
If you can right-click on an existing partition to shrink it if you do not want to partition the system disk. Do not right-click on the system reserved partition, it is a default partition reserved for the system's health. Ensure the mouse pointer is on the C: drive before shrinking the volume.
Step 4: Enter the Amount of Space to Shrink
After clicking the shrink volume option, the system will query the available space for a few minutes before displaying the shink pop-up window. On this window, you will see the total disk size in MB, the size of available shrink space, and a field to enter the amount of space to shrink. Enter the amount of space you want to shrink in the required field and click on shrink. You may need to wait a few seconds for the system to shrink the volume.
Step 5: New Simple Volume
You will see an unallocated space with the size you just shrank to the right of the system partition, right-click on it and select New Simple Volume.
Step 6: Navigate the New Simple Volume Wizard
Clicking the New Simple Volume option will prompt a wizard. The wizard will help you create a simple volume on the disk. Here is how to navigate the volume.
- Click next to continue.
- Choose a volume size that lies between the maximum and the minimum sizes on the next page, then click Next.
- Assign a drive letter to your partition for easier access. You can select any letter from A to Z, except C, since the local disk already takes C. click Next to continue.
- You can choose to format the partition or not. Click next after formating or select Do not format this volume to skip the step and press Next.
- Click on Finish and the disk partitioning is complete. The partition will become active and it will display on the PC devices and drives.
Why Should You Partition SSD in Windows 11
If you are wondering why it is necessary to partition SSD in Windows 11, here are some of the reasons.
- Partitions help you to manage SSD better.
- It gives room to run different operating systems on a PC with a single drive.
- It also helps to keep your data safe when the operating system crashes.
Partitioning SSD in Windows 11 is safe, good for effectiveness, and takes no time. Follow the process in this guide to do it in a few minutes.
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