Partition External Hard Drive

Why Partition an External Hard Drive

External hard drives is a great choice when transferring files among computers and hard drives due to its portability, ease-of-use, and increasing capacity. Thus, external hard drives are very popular in this modern society. However, it is precisely because of its huge capacity, there is a need to partition an external hard drive to several partitions for better management. Once a huge external hard drive is partitioned, you can enjoy these advantages:
Firstly, when a partition is deleted or corrupted, you only need to recover partition instead of the whole drive, which is time-saving and money-saving.
Secondly, you can create more partitions on external hard drive, each one containing the different data. Besides, in case of data leakage, you can hide partition or encrypt a specific partition without affecting data in the other partitions.
Thirdly, partitioning an external hard drive fasten the speed of computers to find files and data since it only needs to search one partition, not the whole external hard drive.

Learn to Partition an External Hard Drive without Data Loss

It is recommended to partition external hard drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard, you need to connect the external hard drive with your machine, and then launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.
Note: Free edition is helpful to partition internal hard drives and external hard drives in Windows personal computers. If you are handling Windows Server, you just learn how to repartition Windows Server.
Step 1: In the main interface of Partition Wizard, you can distinguish your external hard drive by viewing the disk layout. Here we take disk 2 in VMware Windows 10 to show the process. Here choose “Create Partition“.
Step 2: A new window will come out, with a slider bar in the middle. You can drag the bar rightwards or leftwards to commit the location and volume of the new partition. Then click “OK”.
Step 3: At last, click “Apply” to commit this change.
1. If there are already one partition or more on the external hard drive, you can select “Move/Resize Partition” to shrink some free space for creation OR you can choose “Split Partition” to partition hard drive directly, which won’t affect your data.
2. If you want to change the partition size of the new created partition, you don’t need to delete the partition and then recreate, just employ “Move/Resize Partition“.


With MiniTool Partition Wizard, you will be able to partition external hard drive easily and safely. In addition, this partition magic is suitable to be used on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. You will find it is really simple to do external hard drive partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard even though you are first-hand users.
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