A hard drive partition can allow you to easily test out new operating systems (like Windows 7 beta) or create a simple way to separate your user data from the operating system install. You can divide your hard drive into multiple partitions, some bootable, others not.
The main reasons for having separate partitions are:
To partition your hard drive, you’ll need a partitioning utility. We recommend Partition Commander from Avanquest (previously VCOM). You can find Partition Commander here. Once you’ve downloaded the program, run the install with the default options. You’ll need to reboot when the installation is complete.
Select Create Partition and click the Create Partition option in the main screen:
The Create New Partition Wizard will appear.
Choose the Next button.
Partition Commander will let you select a hard drive where you would like to create your partition.
In this example, there is only a single drive. Click the Next button once you’d selected your drive.
Drag the slider button to set the size for your new partition.
Once you’ve set the size, click the Next button to continue.
Partition Commander supports all common operating systems including Windows, Novell Netware, Linux, and different varieties of Unix as well as some less common operating systems such as BeOS, CP/M, and Pick.
Select the desired OS and choose the Next button.
Select the format options and choose Next.
Partition Commander lets you select all the options and when you are ready, you choose the Apply button to create the partition.
Other Features… In addition to creating partitions, Partition Manager allows you to:
Supported Partitions Types