Disk Management is basically a stock utility in Windows. That can actually manage drives and create partitions of your hard drive as well. It’s really great with both hard drives and SSDs. It’s not so great along with a USB or a Micro SD card as well. In fact, up until the Windows 10 Anniversary update, you couldn’t partition a USB or SD card with disk management. Just read this article to know all about SD Card Partitions with Disk Management in Windows.
You guys had to go through the command line and even then. Only one partition would appear in File Explorer as Windows didn’t support multiple partitions on USB drives and SD cards as well. The Creators Update actually has fixed both these shortcomings as well. Here’s how you guys can partition a USB or SD card along with disk management in Windows 10 as well.
Partition A USB Or SD Card
- Just insert the USB drive that you want to partition. We partitioned an 8GB USB for this tutorial actually. The USB was blank and also newly formatted, and that’s the safe way to go. If you guys have data on your USB, then it’s a good idea to back it up elsewhere.
- Open Disk Management through Windows search. You guys will see your USB appear in the list of connected drives. Right-tap on it and choose “Shrink Volume” from the context menu.
- Choose the size of the partitions you want to make. You can accept the suggested disk size, or you guys can enter a custom one. If you have files in the drive, then it won’t let you shrink the drives down to a size where the files will not be able to fit inside either one of the drives as well. This is why it’s best in order to start with an empty USB or SD card.
- It doesn’t really take long to partition the drive. When you do that, you will see your USB or SD card in Disk Management too. At this point, you will only see one partition however, the other will appear as an unallocated space.
- Right-tap on the unallocated space and choose “Create Simple Volume” from the context menu. Just follow the on-screen instructions and don’t change anything under the size options too. Just leave them as they are automatically set. When asked, then just choose a letter to assign the drive,
- On the Format Partition screen, you have to select ‘NTFS’ from the File system dropdown. Now uncheck the quick format option and permit Disk Management to format the drive. When formatting completes, then you should see the second drive appear in File Explore.
Drive Is Not Visible
Well. in the event the second partition of your USB isn’t visible in File Explorer actually. Just connect your USB to your system and open Disk Management again. You guys will see two partitions under one USB. It will likely say that the second partition is RAW.
Right-tap on it and choose the Format option from the context menu. You only have to make sure a full format is done and that the files system it is partitioned on is NTFS as well. After the partition has been formatted, it will then no longer appear as RAW space. Again, you need to right-tap on it and choose “Chang Drive Letter and Path” from the context menu.
Assign the drive a letter and you do that. When you assign the leeter to the drive, File Explorer will then show you the second partition.
Well, That all from my side. If you want to know more about this “sd card partitions” article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.
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