How to merge unallocated space into an NTFS partition

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How to merge unallocated space into an NTFS partition
Hard drives can be divided into multiple partitions, so that each partition is seen as a separate "drive" by the operating system. (hard drive image by iMAGINE from Fotolia.com)

A partition is a division or an area of a hard drive sectioned off from the rest. Multiple partitions on a single drive may be used to install multiple operating systems, but may also be used for separating data. NTFS is a file system used by Windows partitions. If you have a hard drive with unallocated space, it can be made into a new partition and formatted with NTFS using the Windows Disk Management utility.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log onto the computer using an administrator account.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button and click "Run." Type in "compmgmt.msc" and then press "OK."

  3. 3

    Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the left pane.

  4. 4

    In the right pane, right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New partition."

  5. 5

    Click "Next" and then select a type of partition. Most users will want to select "Logical Drive," which will make the new partition act as if it is a new hard drive. Some users may wish to use "Primary Partition," which will create a partition that could be used to store a secondary operating system.

  6. 6

    Click "Next," "Next" and then choose a drive letter or allow the new partition to use the default letter. Click "Next" again.

  7. 7

    Click "Format this partition with the following settings," select "NTFS" from the "File system" box and then click "Next."

  8. 8

    Click "Finish" to create and format the new partition.

  1. 1

    Log onto the computer using an administrator account.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance," "Administrative Tools," and then open "Computer Management."

  3. 3

    Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the navigation pane.

  4. 4

    Right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New Simple Volume."

  5. 5

    Click "Next" and then "Next" again. Choose a drive letter or leave it as the default and then click "Next." Choose "NTFS" from the "File system" box, click "Next" and then finally click "Finish."

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Click "System and Maintenance," "Administrative Tools," and then open "Computer Management." You may be asked to provide an administrator password.

  2. 2

    Click "Disk Management" under "Storage" in the navigation pane.

  3. 3

    Right-click the unallocated space in the desired drive and select "New Simple Volume."

  4. 4

    Click "Next" and then "Next" again. Choose a drive letter or leave it as the default and then click "Next." Choose "NTFS" from the "File system" box, click "Next" and then finally click "Finish."

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