How to Partition a Hard Drive Without Data Loss

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Partitioning a hard drive without losing any data can be done by right-clicking onto the C-drive, choosing "Shrink Volume" and typing in the shrinkage amount. Partition a hard drive safely with information from an experienced software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name is Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to partition a hard drive without data loss. Let's go to our computer. I'm using Windows Vista here and I want to change the size of my C drive partition so I can create another partition for D drive. However the C drive covers the entirety of my hard drive. So I want to know how I can partition that without losing data that's on my C drive. To do so, just click on your Start button and then right click on computer and go to manage. Now you have to be an administrator so just click continue. Now inside of the computer management window, we want to go to the disc management section which is right here under storage on the left. This pulls up the list of discs that are inside of your computer and let's you execute operations on them. As you can see, drive or disk zero on my computer here is completely full. There is no unpartitioned space. But I want to create a new partition without wiping out any of these existing ones. I want to shrink the C partition so I can have an additional space to create a new one. To do so, just right click on your C and then click on shrink volume. You'll be shown the shrink C window here and let's say we want to shrink it by oh 5 gigabytes. That's 5,000 megabytes will be approximately 5 gigabytes. So just type in the amount you want to shrink it by and click shrink. It is now changing the size of my C partition without actually erasing any data on it. Now once this black area up here, this is our new unallocated space. To partition that space, just right click on it and let's create a new simple volume. Just go through the simple volume wizard as you standardly would and you want to choose the drive letter that you want to assign to that volume. I'm going to choose drive N. I'm going to continue with NTFS and I'm also going to do a quick format. I don't recommend you do that all the time, I'm just doing it for demonstration because that, doing a quick format does not check the drive for errors. My name is Dave Andrews and I've just showed you how to format a disc without losing data.


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