Creating partition in Windows XP is not really convenient because you need to use third party software. Microsoft learned from Windows users feedback that having a built in partition tool is essential and they had implemented this feature on Windows Vista. Like its predecessor, Windows 7 has its own built-in tool to allow users to create a drive partition (see how to do partition on Windows Vista).
How to create a Partition in Windows 7
The partition process is pretty easy but for some people who are not familiar with PC, they might feel the pain in their neck. Here’s the step by step on how to do that.
1. Right click on My Computer and select “Manage”
2. “Computer Management” window will popup. Select storage > disk management from the left pane.
3. Select the drive you want to perform partition. In this tutorial, I choose drive D.
4. Right click on the drive you intend to perform partition and select “Shrink volume…”
5. A window will popup showing you the size of hard drive and the total amount space available for shrinking.
6. If you refer to the following screenshot you will notice, the light green section is the amount your specified for creating new partition. (Note: don’t worry about small discrepancy between the amount specified in the previous step and the one you see here)
7. Right click on the green section and select “New Simple Volume…”.
8. At this stage, you just need to follow through the wizard. It asks you few more information regarding your new partition. Everything is pretty much done, so you don’t have to key in any value. Just click the next button on every screen (refer the 3 consecutive screenshots below).
9. Click finish and you are done!