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How to Create a Partition in Windows XP Home Edition

by Lysis
  • Overview

    A disk partition creates a segmented hard drive and sets the file system for the Windows machine. Windows XP has a disk management tool that allows you to create a partition using a graphical user interface. The interface analyzes current disk space and allows you to create a new partition using a wizard. The wizard guides you through the process, and it makes it easy for even a new user to partition the drive.
    Partition hard drive using Disk Management.
  • Step 1

    Click the Windows Start button and then select "Run." In the text box displayed, enter "compmgmt.msc" and then press the "Enter" key. After the software loads, click the "Disk Management" icon on the left side of the window to view the list of hard drives on your machine.
  • Step 2

    Right-click the unallocated disk space and select "New Partition." A wizard pops up to guide you through the process. Click "Next" at the opening window.
  • Step 3

    Select "Primary partition" from the selection and click the "Next" button. Enter the size you want to allocate to the new partition space. By default, Windows lists the total amount of space available on the hard drive. Change this number if you want to allocate less space than what is available. Click the "Next" button.
  • Step 4

    Enter a drive letter for the new partition. Windows prompts you with a default letter, but you can change this setting as well. Click the "Next" button.
  • Step 5

    Choose whether you want to format the partition. The partition must be formatted before you can use it, so select "Format this partition with the following settings" and select "NTFS" for the file system. Click the "Next" button, and then click "Finish" to save your settings. Windows partitions and formats the hard drive space, which can now be used to store your files and applications.
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