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How to create Windows 8 partition

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How to create Windows 8 partition: Have you decided to partition your computer’s hard disk in order to keep the data in a different partition than the one where the operating system resides? Excellent choice, I approve 100%. But tell me, what is the operating system you currently use? Windows 8? Then you are “on horseback”, you can get your partition in no time.

Windows 8, like all the latest versions of the Microsoft operating system, includes a program called Disk Management that allows you to partition any type of hard disk (internal or external) in an extremely easy and fast way. This is not the most advanced partitioning software in the world, but I assure you that for what you have to do, you just do it. At this point, therefore, I would say not to get lost in useless chatter and to see immediately how to create windows 8 partition. You will be amazed at how simple it is!

Note: to make the tutorial I used Windows 8.1 (the most updated version of Windows 8), but the indications in the article are also good for those who use a “smooth” version of Windows 8. Good reading and good partitioning of the disk …. I cross my fingers for you so that everything goes the right way!

Preliminary operations

How to create windows 8 partition

Partitioning a disk is always a bit risky: better be careful and do a good job backup of all data on the PC.

To save your data, you can use the function File history included in Windows 8 (you can find it easily in the Start menu) or one of many purpose-built software. If you want to create a complete disk image – so you can restore data, apps and operating system in one fell swoop – read my tutorial on how to clone an operating system hard drive where you get all the tools and information you need.

Step 1: get the space to create a new partition

Unless you’re trying to partition a disk that hasn’t been formatted yet, for create partition Windows 8 you must first get the space to allocate to it from an existing partition. How you do it? Don’t worry, thanks to the Disk Management utility it’s really a breeze!

The first step you need to take is to start the Disk Management utility that is “standard” on your PC. Then go to the menu Start Windows (by pressing on the flag located in the lower left corner), look for the term partitions in the latter and select the icon Create and format hard disk partitions that appears in the search results.

In the window that opens, locate the graph relating to the disk you want to format (it should be Disc 0 if you have only one hard disk in the computer), right-click on the box relating to its main partition (e.g. C:) and select the item Reduce volume from the menu that appears.

How to create windows 8 partition

At this point you must specify the amount of space you want to allocate to the new disk partition, typing it in the field Specify the amount of space to reduce, in MB:, and you have to click on the button Reduce to save the changes.

At the end of the procedure you will end up with the original partition of the disk (e.g. C:) resized and with one unallocated space equal to the MB value you specified just before. To transform unallocated space into a partition, follow the instructions in the next chapter of the guide.

How to create windows 8 partition

Step 2: create a partition on Windows 8

To create your new partition, right click on the black box for the unallocated space and select the item New simple volume from the menu that appears.

In the window that opens, click on the button Forward, make sure in the field Simple volume size in MB there is the same value as the space that is currently unallocated and click again on Forward.

Next, choose the drive letter to be assigned to the new partition using the appropriate drop-down menu, go again Forward and choose to format the volume through fast format using the following parameters.

  • File System – NTFS (choose exFAT only if you intend to use the partition shared with other operating systems, such as Linux).
  • Allocation size – default.
  • Volume label – in this field you must type the name you want to assign to the partition, which can be any name.

How to create windows 8 partition

When the operation is complete, click on the buttons Forward is end and in a matter of seconds you will get your new partition, which will be ready for use. Seen? I told you it wasn’t difficult.

Create a partition for Windows 8

How to create windows 8 partition

Are you about to install Windows 8 on your PC and want to create a partition to be allocated to it? No problem, open the utility Disk Management present on your PC and follow the instructions I gave you a moment ago. The Disk Management utility is included in all newer versions of Windows and its operation is always the same. Alternatively, you can also turn to third-party software and prepare a dual-boot system as I explained in my tutorial on how to install two operating systems: the choice is yours.

The partition for Windows 8 must be at least 20GB, but considering the space required by applications and system files (e.g. the paging file) I would advise you to create a 40-50GB one. If you need a hand during the OS installation process, check out my previous tutorial on how to install windows 8.