Dividing a hard disk into several components (or partitions) is useful for organizing your files and folders and protect against possible data loss.
By splitting your drive into multiple partitions, you then have as many disks in Windows, you can use in your own way to sort your data.
You can reserve a partition for your system and software and one for your records. If your hard drive has a capacity of several hundreds of gigabytes, you can create partitions to group your pictures, video files, music files. If you are several to use the same machine, you can even assign a score to each user.
Like Windows Vista, Windows 7 is known to partition a hard disk, even if it contains data and without risk to themselves. It enables you to reduce the size of a partition, create new ones to increase their size, etc.. So no need to use third party software even though it is quite possible to perform partitioning with GParted.
Here is how to manage your partitions in Windows 7....
Save important files:
If Windows 7 can resize partitions without losing data that are above, you are not immune from a crash or failure. We strongly recommend that you back up your important documents before you partition your disks.
Preparing the hard disk for the process:
The files are scattered on your hard disk, reducing the size of an existing partition can be strongly limited. To consolidate all existing files on your partition in the same place, thereby maximizing the available space to create additional partitions, you must first defragment your hard drives.
- Click the Start button and then click Computer.
- Click the right mouse button on the drive you want to resize and click Properties.
- Open the Tools tab.
- Click Defragment Now.
- Click Defragment the disk.
- Once the defragmentation is complete (0% fragmentation), click Close.