When you buy new laptop, always partition hard drive

When you buy a new laptop, there are a number of things you do. You install essential programs. You remove some unwanted and preloaded applications. You tweak a few settings and install new hardware drivers. But there is one thing that many people don’t do — they don’t partition the hard drive, even though it is incredibly crucial.

Most of the people just work with the C: aka the main drive, even if the total capacity of the hard disk is 500 GB or even more. This is not the best way to set up a laptop. Even if your new laptop has a small hard disk — read 250GB — you should ideally partition it as soon as you can. This will help you in two ways:

— Partitioning the C drive will separate the primary drive (aka C) that has the operating system and application from the other drive (it could be D or any other available letter that you choose).

 

— Two drives in the system will help you manage your data better.

— Even something goes wrong with the operating system or core software, you will be able to format the C drive and reinstall the software without deleting data on drive D. This is very very important, if you haven’t realised.

— Creating smaller drives will also help you manage the large hard disk (something like 1TB) in a better way because tasks like cleaning up the drive will be faster.

Now that we have established the befits of partitioning the drive in a new laptop, the question is how you do it. Well, here is the method:

hen you buy a new laptop, there are a number of things you do. You install essential programs. You remove some unwanted and preloaded applications. You tweak a few settings and install new hardware drivers. But there is one thing that many people don’t do — they don’t partition the hard drive, even though it is incredibly crucial.

Most of the people just work with the C: aka the main drive, even if the total capacity of the hard disk is 500 GB or even more. This is not the best way to set up a laptop. Even if your new laptop has a small hard disk — read 250GB — you should ideally partition it as soon as you can. This will help you in two ways:

— Partitioning the C drive will separate the primary drive (aka C) that has the operating system and application from the other drive (it could be D or any other available letter that you choose).

 

— Two drives in the system will help you manage your data better.

— Even something goes wrong with the operating system or core software, you will be able to format the C drive and reinstall the software without deleting data on drive D. This is very very important, if you haven’t realised.

— Creating smaller drives will also help you manage the large hard disk (something like 1TB) in a better way because tasks like cleaning up the drive will be faster.

Now that we have established the befits of partitioning the drive in a new laptop, the question is how you do it. Well, here is the method:

— On Windows 7, click on the Start button and type diskmgmt.msc in the search field. On Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you can type the same when you are on the modern user interface aka the screen full of program tiles.

— This disk management window will open.

 

— Right click on the C drive and select “shrink volume”.

— The shrink process calculates how much data is there on the drive and what is the minimum size to which it can be shrunk. So for example, if the tool tells you that the C drive’s shrink size will be 40960 MB, this means the C drive can’t be lower than around 40GB.

— To repartition the drive you can cap keep the shrink space for C drive suggested by the disk management tool or you can manually set the size. Just remember that the size can’t be lower than what the tool has suggested.

— We suggest that you set around 120 to 200 GB for the C drive. even if you install a lot of heavy games, it would be sufficient.

— Once you have set the size for the C drive, the disk management tool will start partitioning the drive.

— Once the process is complete, you will have a C drive and lots of unallocated empty space. For example, if you have a 1TB hard disk and you decided to keep the C drive size to 120GB, after the shrink process is complete you will have around 800GB of unallocated space.

— Now right click on this unallocated space and select “New simple volume”. Once again, specify the size of the volume. If you just want one more virtual drive, select all available space. If you want more than one extra drive, you can decide to divide the available storage into multiple volumes.

— Follow the process, assign a letter to the new volume and give it a name if you want.

— Once the process completes, you will have a new virtual drive in your computer. 

 

— On Windows 7, click on the Start button and type diskmgmt.msc in the search field. On Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you can type the same when you are on the modern user interface aka the screen full of program tiles.

— This disk management window will open.

 

— Right click on the C drive and select “shrink volume”.

— The shrink process calculates how much data is there on the drive and what is the minimum size to which it can be shrunk. So for example, if the tool tells you that the C drive’s shrink size will be 40960 MB, this means the C drive can’t be lower than around 40GB.

— To repartition the drive you can cap keep the shrink space for C drive suggested by the disk management tool or you can manually set the size. Just remember that the size can’t be lower than what the tool has suggested.

— We suggest that you set around 120 to 200 GB for the C drive. even if you install a lot of heavy games, it would be sufficient.

— Once you have set the size for the C drive, the disk management tool will start partitioning the drive.

— Once the process is complete, you will have a C drive and lots of unallocated empty space. For example, if you have a 1TB hard disk and you decided to keep the C drive size to 120GB, after the shrink process is complete you will have around 800GB of unallocated space.

— Now right click on this unallocated space and select “New simple volume”. Once again, specify the size of the volume. If you just want one more virtual drive, select all available space. If you want more than one extra drive, you can decide to divide the available storage into multiple volumes.

— Follow the process, assign a letter to the new volume and give it a name if you want.

— Once the process completes, you will have a new virtual drive in your computer. 

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