By Cherry / Last Updated May 15, 2020

Need to partition hard drive for Windows 10

When you got a new Windows 10 computer, you may not be satisfied with its partitions on the hard drive. For example, the system partition is too small, which may decrease the performance of your Windows 10 computer; Or if you want to different partitions for storing different kind of data, while there is only one partition on the hard disk; Maybe you think there are too many partitions on the hard drive and you want to merge some to one partition, and so on. There are too many situations indicate that you need to partition hard drive for Windows 10.

Disk partition tool for Windows 10

No matter partition hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD), you need a partition tool. Here we will introduce you the basic disk utility for Windows 10 and how to use it.

Disk Management should be the most basic Windows 10 disk partition tool. It is a Windows built-in tool that can be used to create simple volume, format volume, extend volume, shrink volume, initialize disk, convert MBR to GPT disk, etc. Well, how could we open this amazing disk partition tool in Windows 10? Here provides you three ways to open Disk Management in Windows 10.

Way 1#

Press Windows + R keys simultaneously, it will show you a Run dialog.

Input diskmgmt.msc, click OK or press Enter key, it will display you the Disk Management window immediately, and you can use it to manage your hard drive with mouse-clicking.

Way 2#

Press Windows + X keys at the same time.

In the pop-out menu, select Disk Management and click it, or click K key, the Disk Management will be opened.

Way 3#

Right-click This PC on your desktop, select Manage.

In the Manage window, select Disk Management.

When you open the Disk Management, you can use it to partition hard drive for Windows 10.

However, when you use the Disk Management to partition hard drive, you may meet many problems:

  • When you use it to extend partition, you may find the Extend Volume greyed out if there is no unallocated space adjacent and behind to the partition;

  • When you use it to shrink partition, you may find the Shrink Volume greyed out, which may be caused by disk fragment;

  • When you use it to format partition, you may encounter the problem that you cannot format partition, because Windows does not support the file system;

  • When you want to convert GPT to MBR disk, you may find the Convert to MBR disk option greyed out, and you need to empty the disk so that it can be converted;


Oh, it is horrible that you can’t use it to solve all your hard disk partitioning problems. Fortunately, you can try to use the third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard - the best free alternative to Disk Management that can rescue you from those terrible situations.

AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant is another Windows 10 disk partition tool. It also can be used in other Windows PC operating systems including Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP (Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 users should try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition). Compared with the Disk Management in Windows 10, AOMEI Partition Assistant is more powerful and more flexible. With this disk partition tool, you can break out all limitations existing on Disk Management, and partition hard disk for Windows 10. What’s more, it is easier to use.

Free download this partition tool from its official site. Install it on your Windows PC and launch it. It will display you the main interface that displays the basic situations of all your hard disk partitions.

Main Interface

If you try to operate on the partition, right-click the partition and select the functions list in the pop-up menu. And follow the hints to operate. For example, if you try to extend or shrink partition, right-click the partition and select Resize Partition.

Right Click Partition

Besides, AOMEI Partition Assistant provides you with a lot of functions, such as Migrate OS to SSD, FAT32 to NTFS Converter, Windows To Go Creator, Create Bootable Media, and so on.

Final words

Windows Disk Management can solve part of your partition problems. But if you get troubles in this partition tool, don’t forget to turn to third-party software. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard should be the best free Windows 10 disk partition tool. If you are finding for an unlimited number of computers within one company to save money and time, choose AOMEI Partition Assistant Unlimited edition.