There are lot many partition software available in the market but most of them are paid software. For example, you will have to pay $70 for Norton PartitionMagic 8.0, and of course they have more features with them. But if you want to do a simple partition in your Vista or XP PC then no need to pay any amount for any software.
There is an administration panel available in Windows XP and Vista to manage the disk as per your convenience. This panel is named as “Computer Management Console”. Here you can see lot many options like “Reliability and performance”, “Device Manager” and “Disk Management”.
To open the panel, you can type “compmgmt.msc” in run command (without “”) or you can follow the route provided below,
Control Panel ==> Administrative Tools ==> Computer Management
Disk Management is for defining the partition in windows or rearranging the memory in different partitions. For example, when we install the windows for the first time on our hard-disk, it ask for the partition. At that time we enter an amount for C: which will have the windows files. Rest of the memory will be allocated as D: (If other drives are not allocated at that time).
Let say, You entered 100GB for C: (which will have windows folder) and rest of the 200GB data will be stored as D: (Out of 300GB Hard-Disk). Now you want to shrink the size of C: and also you want to divide the D: into two separate drives. You can do that by using this computer management console provided in windows. Here is the screenshot from my laptop’s Vista computer management screen,
Screenshot of Disk Management
Actually i want to shrink the size of C: and that’s why I “right click” on that drive in the Management Console. It will take some time to get the available disk space in that drive which can be free. Once that query will be done, a popup will appear on your screen from where you can define the memory size by which you have to shrink the C drive.
The space freed by C drive will be utilized for a new drive creation or can be used in the extension of current D drive. You can see the options like, “Make Partition Active”, “Format” and “Extend Volume”. Use these options to manage your partitions in Windows XP and Vista operating systems.