How To: Partition a Hard Disk using EASEUS Partition Master
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Nowadays, with free open source operating systems such as the various Linux distributions becoming more and more accessible to the average user, dual-boot computers are fairly common. Home users have begun to stray away from Microsoft and experiment with Linux variants such as Ubuntu, Redhat and Mint, but many are reluctant to completely ditch Windows. For those with just a single computer, this use of both operating systems require a dual-boot, or partitioned hard disk.
It sounds complex, and not so long ago it was certainly an arduous task, but resizing a hard disk into two or more partitions is actually very straightforward today. Once this is done, it is possible to install a different operating system on each partition - so, for example, Windows 7 on one partition and Linux Mint on another, providing the user with the best of both worlds. When the computer is switched on, simply select which partition to boot from and the associated operating system is launched.
Easeus Partition Master certainly lives up to its namesake, offering even the novice user a quick and easy method of creating multiple disk partitions. If you wish to experiment with a dual-boot system and are new to partitioning tools, then Easeus Partition Master comes highly recommended. We've detailed the steps in an easy-to-follow guide below.
Access the Related Download link for this article and grab the installer file for EASEUS Partition Master (epm-401.exe). Once transferred to your computer, run the executable file to commence installation and follow the on-screen prompts throughout.
Launch EASEUS Partition Master using the desktop shortcut or Windows Start menu entry. The main application interface appears, and your current disk partition is shown in the main panel (this is usually labelled C in Windows). The size of the disk is also shown (split into used and unused), along with other information such as the file system type.
Select the hard disk by clicking it, and then choose Resize and Move on the main toolbar. The Resize and Move window is displayed.
To create a new partition, it is necessary to first create some space. The Resize and Move window contains a bar which represents the whole space currently allocated to the existing hard disk partition. Click and hold the slider on the far right of the bar and drag it to the left to reduce the size of the current partition, thus freeing up space for you to create a new partition. Ensure you allow at least 10gb for the new partition, so that it has enough working space for normal operation. Click OK to proceed.
The main window is once again displayed, and this time there is an additional entry underneath the existing disk partition, labelled Unallocated. To convert this free space into a new partition, click Create on the toolbar. The Create Partition window is displayed.
Enter a label for the partition, so that you can distinguish it from the existing one. For example, if you intend to install Linux Ubuntu onto the partition, you could name it linux_ubuntu or something similar. In the Create As dropdown, ensure Logical is selected, and choose NTFS as the file system. Select a Drive Letter to allocate to the new partition from the dropdown list. Select Default as the Cluster Size and click OK to continue.
The new drive partition will be visible underneath the existing partition within the main window, however it is not yet finalised. Click Apply on the main toolbar to finalise the partition and click Yes when asked to confirm the action, and EASEUS Partition Master will apply the changes (which might require a system reboot, and this will be automatic).
You can verify the existence of the new partition by clicking the Windows Start button and choosing Computer, where it will be shown alongside the original disk partition where Windows is installed.
To install an operating system to the new partition, simply insert the installation disk and select the new drive as the target. This will keep it completely separate from your primary Windows operating system. When there are two operating systems installed on two drive partitions, the computer will ask you to confirm which one you wish to launch when it is switched on or restarted.
Tips & Advice
- To view more detailed information on any of the drive partitions shown in EASEUS Partition Master, select the relevant partition and then click the Properties button on the main toolbar.
- If your hard disk is big enough, you can easily use EASEUS Partition Master to create a third partition, which can then be used to install another operating system on. Simply run through the steps in the guide a second time.