How to Calculate the Partition Ratio


Before you can use a hard disk drive on a computer, it must be formatted into partitions. Hard drives can be split into one or more partitions, depending on personal preference. If you want to work out what the partition ratio is on your disk drive, you can do so using the built-in calculator application or in your head, if you prefer.

  • Click "Start," type "Calculator" into the search and then click the application link.

  • Click "Start," click "Control Panel," then "System and Security" and then "Administrative Tools." Double-click "Computer Management" and enter your password. Hit "Enter."

  • Click "Disk Management." On the right, your hard drives will appear. Add the volume space together in calculator. In the following example, assume one partition is 400 gigabytes (GB) in size and the other is 100 GB in size.

  • Divide the smaller sized partition by the larger-sized number, in our example this results in 0.25. Divide 1 by the resulting number from the first division, so 1 divided by 0.25 is 4. The partition ratio is 1:4.

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