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How to partition a USB or SD Card with Disk Management in Windows 10

There are a couple of reasons why you would want to partition your USB or SD cards. Of course the main reason is if your partition is corrupt or missing. And this can happen due to various reasons such as mishandling the device, removing it when data transfer is in progress, virus attacks and many more.

Now that we’ve seen the reasons to partition a USB or SD card, let us understand how to perform partitioning. When we say partitioning, the first thing that comes to mind is Disk Management. It is a wonderful tool to manage drives/volumes like perform formatting, partitioning, changing the label etc.

But the question is will the same Disk Management tool work with USB drives and SD cards? Let us see. Before the Windows 10 Anniversary update, Disk Management couldn’t be used with USB drives or SD cards. The only option was to do it via Command Prompt. But thanks to the Anniversary Update, you can now partition both USB drives and SD card using Disk Management.

Let us now see the steps involved in partitioning a USB drive or SD card in Disk Management.

Steps to partition a USB or SD card using Disk Management in Windows 10

First of all, before you partition your USB, make sure you have a backup of all data on it. Then connect the USB drive or SD card to your system and follow the steps below.

  1. On your Windows 10 computer, click on Windows + X keys and select Disk Management from the menu
  2. You will now see a list of all drives present in your system, right click on the USB drive or SD card and click Shrink Volume. This will shrink the size of the volume based on the size of your files and mark the remaining space as ‘Unallocated’.

Note: The above step is not required if you are using a new or empty USB drive

  1. After the partitioning is done, you will see one partition and the remaining space will appear as ‘Unallocated
  2. Right click on the ‘Unallocated’ space and select New Simple Volume
  3. Follow the instructions in the wizard, select a name and an appropriate file system
  4. Uncheck Quick Format and click Start to format the drive

After the process completes, you should see 2 partitions on your USB drive. If not, once again go to Disk Management and right click on the volume that says ‘RAW’. Format the drive and then click on ‘Change drive letter and paths’ to change the drive letter. After this, you should be able to see both the partitions on your USB drive.

Data recovery from USB drives and SD cards

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