Creating and formatting a hard disk partition in Windows 7

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Before you start you must ensure that you are logged in as an administrator.

How to create and format a new partition

  1. Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button (usually positioned at the botton left of your desktop), clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools and then double-clicking Computer Management, go to step 2. 
    Alternatively you can click the Start button and type 'disk management' in the search box followed by the return or enter key and jump to step 3. 
    Note: If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation at this stage, type the password or provide confirmation.
  2. In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.
  3. Right-click an unallocated region on your hard disk and then click New Simple Volume.
  4. In the New Simple Volume Wizard, click Next
  5. Type the size of the volume you want to create in megabytes (MB) or accept the maximum default size and click Next.
  6. Accept the default drive letter or choose a different drive letter to identify the partition and then click Next.
  7. In the Format Partition dialog box, do one of the following:
    a. If you don't want to format the volume right now, click Do not format this volume and then click Next.
    b. To format the volume with the default settings, click Next.
  8. Review your choices and then click Finish.
When you create new partitions on a basic disk, the first three will be formatted as primary partitions.  Beginning with the fourth, each one will be configured as a logical drive within an extended partition.

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