Hard drives are widely available at sizes in excess of 1 terabyte. That's 1,000 gigabytes. That's one huge drive! With EASEUS Partition Manager, it's easy to partition your big hard drive into two or more virtual drives that look and act like separate physical hard drives on your computer. We'll even show you how to set up a dual-boot PC!
Hi, this is Mike Callahan, Dr. File Finder and welcome to part one of our special butterscotch.com five-part series on EASEUS Partition Manager home edition. Now, on this segment I’m just going to give you a very brief overview of what the program is and it’s primarily a program for working with your hard drives. You can use it to resize and move your hard drives. You can create new partitions, delete partitions, you can format partitions, you can even copy a partition from one drive to another, from one computer to another. This is a very handy feature. The program has lots of interesting options, lots of things that you can do with a partition on your hard drive. So in the next four parts, I’m going to show you how to repartition the hard drive, resize the hard drive, do a dual boot disk and some more. So this is EASEUS Partition Manager and this concludes part one. Part Two of Five: Repartition Now, on this segment, I’m going to talk to you briefly about partitioning or repartitioning a hard drive. Now, when you get a brand new hard drive, say 300 GB, it doesn’t have a partition. It is one huge partition that occupies all 300 GB. If you wish, you can break it down into logical drives. The main part of the drive is called the primary drive. It’s also the active drive and the active drive is where the operating system resides and has to boot from. But when you want to break your large hard drive into smaller partitions, those become logical drives, still only one physical hard drive but it can be divided into logical segments. So I’m going to take this little tiny 8.65 MB section on my hard drive that doesn’t have anything on it and I’ll click here on create partition or you could click up here partition create. You see that it’s asked for a name, so I’m going to put in ‘test’. It’s a logical drive, not primary. We’re going to use the NTFS file system, it will be drive D. We will use a default cluster system. We’ll click OK. Now, with nearly all partition management programs, the change won’t really occur until I reboot the computer. You see over here one operations pending, create Disk D on Disk 1, and there’s only one hard drive on this computer. So this is how you would repartition or partition a drive. Basically, repartition simply means to partition that over. So you can see here is our little Drive D down at the end of a very large Drive C. So that’s how you partition or repartition a drive, and that concludes part two. Part Three of Five: Resizing On this segment, I’ll talk briefly about resizing a drive. Sometimes when you partition a drive, you think it’s going to be just right and then as you start to use the computer, you find out well, you didn’t quite allow enough space for that or maybe you should’ve made another drive and so on. So not a problem, in the Partition Manager, we’ll highlight the drive. It will say Resize/Move. You see here, here’s how much size is in the partition, so we’re going to click here, pull it this way holding the mouse button down until we get to where we want it to be. Now, we can stop. We can now say OK. So now, our Drive C is much smaller and we can create a Drive D. So there, we’ve resized our Drive C giving ourselves 66 GB that we can use for something else. So that’s resizing. It’s simple, it’s quick. Once again, the changes don’t occur until you reboot the computer, but that’s resizing and that concludes part three. Part Four of Five On this segment, I’ll talk a little bit about dual boot systems. Now, dual boot system gives you the ability to have two different operating systems on your computer that you can boot one at a time, so you can’t boot them both at the same time. But when you start your computer, you’re confronted with a menu that lets you pick. So for example, I have Windows XP on this computer. Now, I’ve created my 40 GB drive, which is more than enough room if I wanted to install say a version of Linux like Ubuntu or Xandros or Fedora. So what I can do, because the Partition Manager software helps me and because I already have a working version of Windows on here, is that I could restart the computer, put in my Linux disk, and when it asks where to put the distribution of Linux, I would point to the new drive, in this case, Drive E. Then it would do a fresh install of the operating system on to a clean drive. And then, when the system reboots, you’d be confronted with a menu saying, “Do you want to boot to Windows XP or to Ubuntu Linux?” Then you would pick the one you wanted and you would boot directly to that operating system. In order to go to the other operating system, you’d have to reboot. The dual boot systems are very common and very popular because it gives you a way to have multiple operating systems on one computer. And by simply deviating up your hard drive space using Partition Manager, you can have multiple operating systems. I have friends who have four or five different operating systems on one computer and they just boot multiple partitions. So this is a way that you can use EASEUS Partition Manager to help you create a dual boot system so you can try out different operating systems like Linux or have different versions of Windows like XP and Vista on the same machine, and that concludes part four. Part Five of Five: Extras Now, on this segment, I’m just going to deal with a few, a little extras that I haven’t had time to talk about in the other segments. So in addition to the things we’ve talked about, you also have the ability to delete partitions. You can just click, right click, say delete and the partition will be gone. You can say delete partition or delete partition and destroy data. There was no data on it, so we’re alright there. Another thing that you can do is that you can copy a partition from one drive to another, from one computer to another. You can format a drive so if you want to say create a drive here, we’ll say yes, it’s there but it’s not formatted. So now, you can say format the partition label. It gives you the cluster size, the file system, and you can format a drive and be done in no time. You can also label your drive. So if you don’t like the label you’ve got, we’ll call it Master File D, click OK. There’s my new label. You can find out the properties of a drive. You can delete all partitions. You can apply your changes. In which case, it tells you that there are 10 operations currently pending and apply changes now, I’m going to say yes. And that’s telling you that one or more, you need to reboot your computer. If I click yes, it’s going to reboot; I’m going to say no. So EASEUS Partition Manager is just loaded with features that have a handy wizard for copying disk or copy partitions. You can create a bootable disk. You can resize, move, copy, delete, label, format, and do everything you need to do to manage your hard drives. So this is EASEUS Partition Manager and that concluded part five.