GParted is one handy Linux-based tool. For starters, it helps you shrink your partitions – allowing you to gain more space and stabilize your files. However, just like the world-famous Partition Magic and Acronis Disk Manager Suite, this freeware can create partitions too with a mouse clicks.
If you want to learn how to do just that, simply follow the 2 steps below:
Creating A Partition
If you have shrunk a partition using this tool, the space that you have gained by shrinking an existing partition will appear in GParted as “unallocated.”
If you want it to create a partition out of that, just highlight the entry and select “New” from the context menu. Select the “File System,” for example, “NTFS” for using Windows or “ext3,” if you are planning a Linux system. Under “Create as,” you can choose to go for a primary partition or an extended partition.
If you want, you can label or assign a name for the partition, which then appears in Windows Explorer. After clicking on “Add”, select “Apply” to go ahead with the process.
Assign Drive Letter
Once you’re done with the step above, Windows will automatically recognize the partition at next start and will attach the drive letter you assigned. If not, type in “Start, Run” (XP) or in the search bar (Vista) search for Compmgmt.msc.
Next, another window will pop out. Look for “Disk Management,” and from there you can find (in the context menu for each partition entry) the command “Drive Letter and Paths.” Just run that command and you can now assign a drive letter to that specific partition.
And that’s it! Creating and shrinking partitions with GParted isn’t as user-friendly as using Partition Magic or Acronis’ disk management suite. However, the steps outlined here are all you need. And let’s admit it, the savings of $40 to $50 is always nice!