How to Divide a 500 GB Hard Drive Into Two Partitions

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A hard disk is usually divided into partitions. Any two partitions on the same disk never overlap, but there can be hard disk space not assigned to any partition. A designated area of the disk's storage is reserved for a "partition table" that contains information about the type, size and location of existing partitions. Users create and modify partitions using system utilities to alter the contents of the partition table. Use one of those built-in utilities to divide a 500 gigabyte hard disk into two partitions.

  • Log in to the computer as Administrator.

  • Click "Start," then "Control Panel," "System and Security" and "Administrative Tools." Double-click "Computer Management."

  • Click "Disk Management" on the left panel. The Disk Management utility will display a map of the existing partitions on the 500GB hard drive.

  • Right-click on the unallocated region on the hard drive map, then select "New simple volume." A volume creation wizard will come up.

  • Enter the size of the first partition to create (e.g., 250GB), then click "Next" twice.

  • Select whether you want Disk Management to format the partition with a filesystem; this is required if you want to store files and folders on the partition, but is not if a program such as a database manager will be using the partition directly. Click "Next," then click "Finish." Disk Management will create the first partition.

  • Repeat the steps for the second partition. After the second partition has been created, the hard drive is divided into two new partitions.

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