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How to Create Partitions in Windows 10, macOS and Linux

Need to create a simple partition in your favorite desktop operating system? This article shows you how to do it in Windows 10, macOS and Linux.

How to Create Partitions Linux

Users shouldn’t feel apprehensive about partitioning in Linux; it’s just as easy to do as Windows 10 and macOS. For this article, I will be using Ubuntu Linux, but the same principles should work for any Gnome based distro.

Partitioning in Linux is not really an out of box experience like it is on Windows 10 or macOS, but with third party tools, it can be. For this purpose, I recommend you download the free GParted Editor from the Ubuntu software center. It’s a graphical partition manager that’s easy to understand and navigate. GParted also works on Windows, too.

After setting up GParted, launch the app, then select the partition you want to edit. Right click on it then click Resize/Move.

Click in the field, Free space following (MiB): enter the amount for the partition you want to create then click Resize/Move.

Right click the unallocated partition then click New.

You can make further adjustments to the partition such as resize, choose whether you want it to be a primary or logical drive, file system and label it. Click Add.

Click the green check mark to apply your changes.

Wait while the partition scheme is modified.

Click Close.

Your new partition will now appear in the Launcher and File manager.

Conclusion

That’s a look at partitioning disks in popular desktop operating systems. Sure, there are other ways you can do this, but I thought I would cover the most convenient methods on each platform, whether using built tools or third-party solutions.

Let us know why you’re creating partitions on your hard drive and how it goes by dropping us a line in the comments.


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