How to Create Another Drive on Your Computer

By TS Jordan

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While you might think of your hard drive as a single physical unit, your computer can be trained to view an installed hard drive as a number of different installed drives. This is accomplished through the use of the Partition Manager, and can be useful to separate your files and arrange your drive in a more logical fashion. Creating another drive on your computer is a fairly straightforward task that can be accomplished in less than 20 minutes.

Step 1

Open the "Start" menu and click on the "Control Panel."

Step 2

Select the option for "Performance and Maintenance," choose "Administrative Tools," and click the "Computer Management" button.

Step 3

Choose the option for "Disk Management."

Step 4

Right click in unallocated space on the hard drive and select the option to create a "New Partition."

Step 5

Select the option to create a "Primary Partition," assign the drive a fixed size, and assign the drive an identifying letter.

Step 6

Format the drive using the NTFS file system, which is more advanced than the FAT32 standard.