How to Delete Partition Windows® 7
Get to know more about deleting partition in Windows 7.
A user might decide to split a hard disk into multiple partitions in order to systematize the data more effectively. On Microsoft Windows systems, it is common to store the OS and applications on one hard disk partition and user data on another hard disk partition. If any issue occurs with Microsoft Windows, the OS partition could be completely formatted and reinstalled without affecting the data partition. A user might decide to split a hard disk into multiple partitions because smaller partitions often have smaller cluster sizes. A cluster size is the smallest portion of data which a partition could store. A large partition might have a cluster size of 16KB. That is a file with one character in it will occupy 16KB of space on the disk. In a smaller partition, that file might only require 4KB to store. This is a useful strategy if you are storing a large number of small files
Following are the details about the creation of partition, various ways to delete partition and the consequences of partition deletion in Windows 7:
- Partition creation
- Partition deletion
- Consequences of partition deletion
Similarly to Windows Vista, Windows 7 has a built in utility to partition a hard drive. To start the partition creation process, you need to select the manage option from My Computer. You could see the computer management program after this. In this screen, you need to select the Storage option and select the drive that you want to partition. This will show you the available free space to partition. The shrink volume option will allow you to enter the size and all those things. If the volume is large, then the whole process might take long time. Just be patient and once it’s completed you will see an unallocated space which is the size you just shrunk the volume by. Select it and right click and then select New Simple Volume. You could assign the drive letter after this.
The initial steps are same in the partition creation process and in the deletion. Here also you just need to start by taking the computer management window. Before this you must ensure that you are logged as an administrator. You could see the disk management option in the computer management screen. After this choose the delete option and a confirmation window will appear. After completing all these processes, you need to restart the system.
By deleting the partitions, there is a chance to erase the operating system files. This might affect the system performance through the corruption of the Operating System. You will be prevented from accessing the system.