Partitioning is the act of making separate storage sections out of a single physical hard drive. Depending on the user needs, every drive has to have at least one partition for it to be usable, but for a user who needs to install an extra operating system or they need to separate their programs and data, they have to shrink the hard drive partition to make separate partitions usually named by alphabets for example “D:” “C:” etc.
Before the act of partitioning can be commenced, one needs to back up their data which is stored on the hard drive which is due to be partitioned. This is because partitioning may prove to be a disaster when the process goes wrong and thus this may lead to loss of valuable data. After you have backed up your data, you must make sure you have adequate free space on the existing partition so that you can make a new one. In case you don’t have enough space, you should try making room in your current partition through finding duplicate files or large files that you don’t use anymore and deleting them. Also, empty the recycle bin. If you have done this and still don’t have enough space on your partition, you can move files into an external storage drive from which you can retrieve data at a later time.