Partition hard disk drive using Hiren’s BootCD

This post is lesson 11 of 16 in the subject Computer Hardware Practice

1. Lesson objectives

Teach students how to use Hiren’s BootCD to partition hard disk drive.

2. Introduce lesson content

Hard drive partition is the creation of one or more partitions on a hard disk drive, so that each partition can be managed separately. Refer to the article What is hard disk partition? How to partition hard disk drive? to read more.

With different purposes and storage capacity, users often divide the hard disk drive into partitions with smaller storage capacity in order to organize file/folder in the most reasonable way. The operations on partitions of hard disk drive are:

  • Partition format
  • Partition
  • Delete partition
  • Merge partitions
  • Change name the partition

There are many tools to partition such as Hiren’s BootCD, EasyUS Partition Master, Mini Tool Partition Wizard,… This article will guide you to partition the hard disk drive using Hiren’s BootCD.

3. Partition hard disk drive using Hiren’s BootCD

Step 1 – Setup boot device from CD-ROM in BIOS.

Step 2 – In virtual machine settings, we setup Hirent’s Boot CD 13.2 or Hirent’s Boot CD 15.2 into CD-ROM.

CD-ROM in virtual machine

Step 3 – Start the virtual machine into the display mode as below image and then select Dos Programs.

Start Hiren's BootCD

Step 4 – Select Old’s Dos to use Hiren’s Boot CD.

Choose Old's Dos

Step 5 – Select Norton Partition Magic Pro to partition the disk.

Choose Norton partition magic pro

Step 6 – A list of hard drives in the virtual machine and we select the correct hard drive that want to partition.

List of disk in virtual machine

Step 7 – Right click to an empty partition with Unallocated status and then select Create to create a new partition. Set the configuration of the partition to be initialized.

Create as: select partition as primary or extended partition

Partition Type: choose partition type

Label: label of partition

Size: set size of partition

Cluster size: set cluster size of partition

Create new partition
Create new partition

For example, create partitions as requirement of practice.

An example about creating new partition
An example about creating new partition

Step 8 – We need to press the Apply button to finish creating the partition.

Press Apply button to finish creating partition
Press Apply button to save all partition

4. File System and rename partition

File System: Right click to partition -> select Format -> enter OK to confirm the format. (Note: all data after formatting will be deleted).

Format partition to change File System
Format partition to change File System

Rename partition: Right click to partition -> select Label (Note: all data after formatting will be unaffected).

Change label of partition
Change label of partition

Merge partition: Select one of the two specified partitions to merge and then right click to select Merge.Folder Name is the label of the new partition containing the data of the merger two partition.

Merge partitions
Merge partitions

Some common errors when merging partitions:

– Difference in cluster size between two partitions to merge

Error when merging partition due to cluster size difference
Error when merging partition due to cluster size difference

We choose one of the two partitions and adjust the cluster size value to be consistent between the two partitions to be merged.

Resize cluster
Resize cluster

– Difference in NTFS version, adjust or reformat two partitions

Change size of partition: Click on the partition to be resized and then adjust the partition capacity value in the New size section.

Change size of partition
Change size of partition

5. Requirement of practice

Students create a virtual machine with the name formatted as Student ID with the following configuration parameters:

  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • RAM capacity: 2048 MB
  • HDD capacity: 100 GB
  • Processor: 1 CPU – 2 cores
  • BIOS timeout: 10 seconds
  • Choose boot device: CD-ROM

Using Magic Partition Tool to format and partition hard drive into:

  • System partition: 50 GB (Primary – NTFS – Set Active)
  • Private partition: 30 GB (Logical – FAT32)
  • Public partition: 20 GB (Logical – FAT32)

Format Private, Public partition to NTFS

Merge Private partition to Public partition with new label Personal

Adjust to resize size of Public partition to 15 GB

Create new partition on empty partition with label Social (Logical – NTFS)

Rename System partition to OS

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