How to Create a Partition in Windows 11

Creating a partition on your Windows 11 computer can help you organize your data, improve performance, and manage multiple operating systems. By creating a partition, you can allocate a specific portion of your hard drive for different uses. Follow these steps to create a partition in Windows 11:


Partitions allow you to divide your hard drive into separate sections, each functioning as an independent drive. This can be useful for organizing files, installing multiple operating systems, or improving data management. In this guide, you will learn how to create a new partition in Windows 11 using the built-in Disk Management tool.

Step 1: Open Disk Management

  1. Right-click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Disk Management from the context menu.

Step 2: Shrink an Existing Volume

  1. In the Disk Management window, locate the drive you want to shrink to create space for the new partition.
  2. Right-click on the drive and select Shrink Volume.
  3. In the Shrink dialog box, enter the amount of space to shrink in megabytes (MB). This will be the size of the new partition.
  4. Click Shrink to proceed.

Step 3: Create a New Partition

  1. After shrinking the volume, you will see unallocated space in the Disk Management window.
  2. Right-click on the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.
  3. The New Simple Volume Wizard will open. Click Next to start the wizard.

Step 4: Specify Volume Size

  1. In the Specify Volume Size window, enter the size of the new partition. By default, it will use the maximum available space. Click Next to continue.

Step 5: Assign a Drive Letter

  1. In the Assign Drive Letter or Path window, choose a drive letter for the new partition from the dropdown menu. Click Next to proceed.

Step 6: Format the Partition

  1. In the Format Partition window, choose the following settings:
    • File System: NTFS (default and recommended for Windows)
    • Allocation Unit Size: Default
    • Volume Label: Enter a name for the partition (optional)
  2. Check the Perform a quick format option. Click Next to continue.

Step 7: Complete the Wizard

  1. Review the settings in the Completing the New Simple Volume Wizard window.
  2. Click Finish to create the new partition.

Step 8: Verify the New Partition

  1. In the Disk Management window, you should now see the new partition with the assigned drive letter.
  2. Open File Explorer to verify that the new partition appears as a separate drive.

Additional Tips

  • Backup Data: Always back up important data before making changes to your disk partitions.
  • Disk Cleanup: Consider running Disk Cleanup to free up space on your drive before creating a partition.
  • Partition Size: Ensure the new partition is large enough to accommodate the data or applications you plan to store on it.


You have successfully created a new partition in Windows 11. This new partition can help you better organize your files, manage multiple operating systems, or improve overall system performance. By following these steps, you can easily create and manage partitions on your Windows 11 computer.