Thursday, May 10, 2012

How To Use Disk Management To Partition, Delete, Format And Resize A Hard Disk

Disk Management is a handy tool for partitioning(used to divide hard disk into different parts),formatting partitions of hard drives, external drives(USB key,external HDD,etc), delete any logical partition and to resize them. It is a very effective means to achieve those tasks in Windows without third party software use. Microsoft Corporation has done quite a good job by integrating it into the computer management for advanced users as well as for those new to the uses of the tool.

Opening Computer Management reveals other tools meant for troubleshooting and manage (hardware and software) of  a local and remote system. Overview of Disk Management provides information into what importance its uses can be to the life of the hard disk.

On going about the use of Disk Management to partition, format and resize a hard disk take the following steps below. Before going about taking those steps  know it can only be used to delete ,partition, format and resize a logical drive of the system hard disk only not for the creating of primary partitions. Deleting and partitioning of logical drive erase every information in it and care should be taken to make sure you save important files to other drive or to a removable drive.

                                                    Image above  is a step to delete a volume

(a) To partition and delete a  hard disk with Disk Management

Step 1: To open the computer Disk Management right-click on My Computer, select Manage .

Step 2: At Disk Management, on the left-hand side click on disk management.

Step 3: To delete or partition a hard drive, right-click on the drive and select partition or else select delete to remove the partition.

Step 4: Click 'Yes' to continue with any of the actions.Follow instruction on screen to complete the task.

                                                       Image above is to format a logical driver/partition

(b) To format  a hard drive partition with Disk Management

Step 1:  Right-click on the partition/logical drive intended for formatting  or to be reformatted and select Format to continue.

Step 2: In the dialogue box that comes up type a name for the drive 'Volume Label' to help identify such drive better.

Step 4: Choose the file system type (NTFS ,FAT,FAT32,etc) in the File System box and select quick format or regular slow format to start formatting.

                                                  Image of Disk Management use to resize a hard drive

(c) To resize a hard disk partition with Disk Management

Step 1: Right-click on the partition/logical drive and select 'Shrink Volume' .

Step 2: Input or move the up/down point arrows to resize the volume and click next to continue.

Step 3: Follow onscreen instruction to complete the action.