How to partition a USB drive on a Windows 11 PC?

If you wish to partition a USB drive or other USB device, this is possible. Creating different partitions on a USB drive helps users better organize their data.

When you partition a USB, you divide the data on the USB into specific segmented parts. Most USB devices come with a single partition. However, you can divide this into multiple partitions in Windows. Here’s how it works.

How to partition a USB drive on a Windows 11 PC?

Keep in mind that if you partition the USB drive, all the current data on the USB drive will be lost. Therefore, you must first remove the entire volume and then partition it.

To start, insert the USB stick into the USB port of your computer. Then, make sure the USB stick is found.

Next, right-click on the Start button. Then, in the menu, click on Disk Management.

Open Disk management in Windows 11

Make sure the USB drive is detected and visible in Disk Management. Next, click on the “primary partition” of the USB drive and click on “Delete Volume”. Ensure that you have selected the partition of the USB drive that you want to partition.

Delete volume on USB drive

You will see the following message.

“Deleting this volume will erase all data on it. Back up any data you want to keep before deleting. Do you want to continue?”.

If you are ready to continue, click “Yes”.

Delete simple volume

You will now see the total size of the USB drive as “Unallocated” space in disk management. Right-click on it and click “New simple volume”.

Create a new simple volume using disk management

You are now going to divide the USB drive into pieces. You will see the total size in MB at the top under “Maximum disk space in MB” you will see the total size in MB of the USB drive. To create a partition, you need to start dividing this data.

In this example, I will use two partitions. In this example, the total size in MB is “14905MB”, say “15GB”. Because I am creating two partitions, I divide each partition into 7500MB (7.5GB).

You need to divide how much and what data you want to reserve for a partition. You fill in the amount in MB at “Simple volume size in MB”. Click next.

Specify volume size

To use this partition in Windows, you need to assign a drive letter. Select a drive letter from the list and click on next.

Assign drive letter or path

The partition must be formatted to use it. Select a file system to begin. I would recommend “NTFS” if you don’t know which one to choose.

You can leave the cluster size as default. Next, enter the “Volume label” in the partition to be recognized. Click on next.

Format partition

The partition is now created on the USB drive.

You will need to create a second partition (or more). This is basically the same process.

You will still see “unallocated” space on the USB drive. Click on it and click on “New simple volume”.

Create another new simple volume

The remaining space is directly filled in at “Size of simple volume (MB)”. You can adjust this space or click next directly to use this space.

Specify the volume size again

For this partition, select another drive letter again and click next.

Assign another drive letter or path

Again, select a file system. Choose “NTFS” if you don’t know which one to choose and enter a clearly recognizable volume label for this partition. Click next.

Again format the partition

After creating the partitions, you will see them reflected in File Explorer when the USB drive is inserted into the computer.

Partitions on a USB drive in Windows 11 file explorer

I hope to have helped you with this. Thank you for reading!

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