Partition os hard drive ?

I have my OS on a 1TB WD black drive and three green WD 2TB drives for storage. Can I partition my OS drive while I am still using it ? or do I have to format the whole drive over and then partition and re-install the OS on it. I am running Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. :)
6 answers Last reply
More about partition hard drive
  1. There are programs, such as Partition Magic, which will do in situ partitioning, but there is still always a chance of something going wrong and losing all data. So make sure to have a backup beforehand.
  2. I use EaseUs Partition Master on an experimental system, I find it very simple to use and it has never failed...
    http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html
  3. dodger46 said:
    I use EaseUs Partition Master on an experimental system, I find it very simple to use and it has never failed...
    http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html


    You mean hasn't failed yet. If you value your data, make a backup before messing with the partition structure.
  4. Hawkeye22 said:
    You mean hasn't failed yet. If you value your data, make a backup before messing with the partition structure.


    Bubble... Meet pin.
  5. Just sayin', can only tell it like it is... and we all back up regularly on two alternate devices, so no worries if there's a hiccup, eh?
  6. If you are using Windows 7, you can shrink or expand a partition as required through Computer Management. I've created multiple partitions on my OS drive without a hitch. However as everyone here has pointed out, there is ALWAYS a possibility of data corruption, so please backup or at least take a snapshot/image of the system drive in case you need to re-image.
    Also keep in mind that the partitioning done from within Windows does take time depending on how large the new partition is and the physical drive size.

    Added information:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2674-partition-volume-create-new.html
Ask a new question

Read More

Western Digital Partition Windows 7