Shrink Volume : That helps easily create a partition without losing any file

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For all those who have bought new laptops, like Lenovo, Dell, Sony etc, and faced a common problem – I have a simple solution to solve it…

Let me first explain what is the problem that people who buy new laptops face. After opening My Computer, apart from the normally seen CD drive, Floppy drive, Z drive; partitions like D drive and E drive is also visible. However at the time of purchase only one partition only can be seen, that is, the partition installed by Windows OS only. We may be of the habit of saving our files in various drives scattered at many places. This is a safe practice because if the system has to be formatted for reasons like a virus attack or file missing, then usually its just the C drive which has to be. Then data in other drives will be safe. Hence creating other drives in a laptop will be beneficial. However most people don’t know how to partition an existing partition. I shall introduce the Windows created technique called Shrink Volume that helps easily create a partition without losing any file.

 

See a computer’s drive that has been partitioned.
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This is a computer’s drive that has not been partitioned.
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The Shrink Volume technique is used to create another drive (or more than one drive) using spare space in a laptop or computer that has just one drive. Lets see how this is done.
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First of all, right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop and choose Manage.
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In the Window that appears thus, select Disk Management.
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Next, right click on the top of a big size disk (or Drive C in which OS is installed) from which space is to be taken. Select Shrink Volume.
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Wait for a while to get the required free space.
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Click Next in the following Window
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The subsequent box will show how much free space is available. The user has to answer how much of this space is needed to create the drive.
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To create 100 GB drive, type 1 lakh N and press the Shrink button.
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Then the space obtained by shrinking will be shown. Click Next there.
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Subsequently at the part where the drive is made after shrinking, give a drive name and letter (like C, D, E, F etc). For this, select the drive letter in the Window seen for this.
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In the next Window, select Format and make sure that it is NTFS and provide a name of your choice in Volume Label. Then select Next.
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The drive is now created.
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Now if you open My Computer, the new drive will be visible.

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