Par­ti­tion your drive

Windows 7 Help & Advice - - WINDOWS 10 -

You need a se­condary (not backup) drive if you want to sep­a­rate data from Win­dows. If you don’t have one, you can par­ti­tion your main drive in two to sep­a­rate Win­dows and your apps from your doc­u­ments, pho­tos, por­ta­ble apps, and any files not di­rectly tied into Win­dows.

It is pos­si­ble to par­ti­tion us­ing the Disk Man­age­ment tool (type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ into the Run di­a­log box), but if files are si­t­u­ated at the end of the drive, you won’t be able to par­ti­tion it to the size you want. In­stead, down­load and in­stall AOMEI Par­ti­tion As­sis­tant (http://bit. ly/2AXfGuV).

As­cer­tain how you wish to split your drive in two – typ­i­cally look to al­lo­cate 64GB or more of space for your Win­dows par­ti­tion, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of apps and games you use, leav­ing the rest for your data. If you’re cur­rently low on space, tem­po­rar­ily move your data off the drive while you cre­ate the sec­ond par­ti­tion.

Launch Par­ti­tion As­sis­tant, select your Win­dows drive (typ­i­cally drive C), and click Check Par­ti­tion. Choose ‘Scan and Re­pair’, and re­boot to let it do its work. Once com­plete, restart Par­ti­tion As­sis­tant, select drive C again, and this time choose Re­size/Move Par­ti­tion. Use the slider to shrink the drive by the amount you wish to free up for your data par­ti­tion. Be sure to leave at least 5GB (prefer­ably more) of free space for your sys­tem drive. If par­ti­tion­ing a solid-state drive (SSD), click Ad­vanced, and select ‘Al­low par­ti­tion align­ment’. Click ‘OK’.

Next, select the un­used space, and click Cre­ate Par­ti­tion. Leave all avail­able space al­lo­cated, and File Sys­tem set to NTFS. Click ‘Ad­vanced’ to set a la­bel (such as Data), but leave all other set­tings alone. Click ‘OK’, then Ap­ply. Re­view your changes, and click Pro­ceed. Re­boot when prompted – the new drive should then ap­pear, ready for your data.

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