How to Partition a USB Drive on Windows

USB Drive is a data storage device that contains flash storage with an integrated USB Interface. It is typically removable and is much smaller in size than an optical disk. Although USB is a convenient approach to the data transfer issue, its scope is however limited by being single partitioned by default. This means that there is no division between the storage capacity of the device.

USB Drive

Many users might require the USB Drive to be partitioned in order to put a bootable Windows on one partition and personal data on the other. Except for this, there are many other reasons due to which the user might require two partitions on the drive. In this article, we will guide you with the process of creating two partitions on a single USB Drive.

How to Create Multiple Partitions on a USB Drive?

In this process, we will teach you the method through which you can create multiple partitions on the USB Drive. However, before proceeding, keep in mind that this will delete all the data present on the drive.

  1. Plug in the Device to the computer and wait for it to be recognized.
  2. Click on the File Explorer icon and in the left pane (or press Windows + E) and right-click on the “This PC” icon.
    Right-clicking on the “This PC” icon in the left pane

    Note: On older versions of the Windows “right-click” on the “My Computer” icon.

  3. SelectManage” from the list and click on the “Disk Management” option.
    Clicking on “manage”
  4. Rightclick on the name of your USB Drive and selectDelete Volume“.
    Clicking on “Disk Management”, then right-clicking on the USB Drive and selecting “Delete Volume”.
  5. Wait till “Unallocated” is shown in its details.
  6. Rightclick on the USB Drives name and select “New Simple Volume“.
    Clicking on the “New Simple Volume” option
  7. Click on “Next” and then type in the size that you require for the first partition.
    Note: The size is in MBs and 1024 Mbs are equal to 1GB.
  8. Click on “Next” and the “Drive Letter” for the first partition will be shown.
    Note: You can also change this drive letter by clicking on the dropdown and selecting another.
  9. Click on “Next” and then check the box for “Format this Volume with the following settings“.
    Checking the “Format with the Following Settings” option
  10. Click on the dropdown in front of “File System” and select “FAT32“.
  11. Click on the “Allocation Unit Size” option and select “Default“.
  12. Check the “Perform a Quick Format” option and click on “Next“.
  13. Click on “Finish” and wait till the process is completed.
  14. Now a single partition has been created on your device.
  15. Rightclick on the “Unallocated Space” in front of the first partition in the “Disk Management” window.
  16. Repeat the Above process to create a second partition.

Therefore, in this way you can create numerous partitions on a single USB Drive.


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