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How to Resize Disk Partition in Windows 8

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How to Resize Disk Partition in Windows 8

Generally when you buy a new desktop PC or a laptop, there might be only one drive (or maximum of two) in the hard disk. But you might want to add more drives so that you can arrange your files and folders into different categories. Similar to Windows 7, Windows 8 also has the option to resize disk partitions. These partition options allows users to resize or extend or shrink one partition to create another one. You can easily create a new partition without having to install any third party tools.

To start creating a new partition or resize an existing one, you need to open Computer management tool. You can navigate to it from Control panel or use the Run command (Win Key + R) and type compmgmt.msc and press enter.

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Run command

This will open the Computer management section and select the Disk Management under Storage.

Computer management

Now you need to select an existing partition whcih you want to resize or create a new one. Right click on the partition and select Shrink Volume.

Shrink volume

Windows will check the amount of space available for Shrink and you can select from the available space.

Volume to shrink

Once you shrink the volume, you can see a new “Free space” created as of now this is not a drive.

Free space

Now right click on the free space and select New simple Volume.

New Volume

Select the amount of space you want to use for the new drive.

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Select space

You can assign a drive letter from the list of ones available.

Assign letter

Now format the drive with NTFS and you can also set the volume label for the new drive.


Once the formatting is complete, you can see a new drive added to your Windows explorer.


This built in tool is pretty useful for creating new partitions.

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  1. Sam@Pushkar tour

    August 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm


    Nice tutorial which help lots for them who wants to know many more feature about windows 8 in less time.

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