Hard disk drive is an indispensable component in a computer, no matter you use SSD, mechanical disk or even hardware RAID array. Before saving files to a hard disk, you need to initialize a brand new disk, create partition and then format it with a file system. After running the computer for a period of time, you may find that the scheduled partition size is not good. For example, system partition C is too small, there's only one partition on a disk but you need more to save different kinds of files. A hard disk is too small or getting full, so you need to migrate to a larger disk. To manage disk partitions in a Windows computer, you need a reliable disk partition manager. In this article, I'll introduce 2 kinds of free partition manager for Windows 11 laptop/desktop/tablet computer.
Windows 11 native free partition manager
The same with previous Windows 10, Windows 11 has native free partition manager. Press Windows + X together on your keyboard and then you'll see Disk Management in the list. Right click each disk and partition you'll see all operations, unavailable operations are grayed out.
In Windows 11 Disk Management, you can initialize a brand new hard disk, create new volume with Unallocated space. Delete, format and change drive letter to an allocated partition.
This native free partition manager can resize NTFS partition without losing data (not 100%). More precisely, it can shrink NTFS partition to create new volume, and extend NTFS partition by deleting the right contiguous volume. If you want to extend a partition by shrinking another one, Disk Management cannot help you.
To whole hard disk, Windows 11 Disk Management can convert disk between MBR and GPT, but you must delete all volumes in advance. It can convert a basic disk to dynamic, but it cannot convert dynamic disk back to basic.
Comparing with Disk Management, third party disk partition software is much more powerful. There's free partition software for Windows 11 laptop, desktop, tablet computer.
Best free partition software for Windows 11 computer
There are many free partition software for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP, then which one is the best? The GUI of the Windows disk partition software are different but the functions are similar. Comparing with other tools, NIUBI Partition Editor has advantages and unique technologies.
1. 100% clean and safe
NIUBI Partition Editor free edition is 100% clean without any bundled ads or plugins. Unlike other free partition manager software that disable many abilities, NIUBI free edition is the same with paid edition except locking of 1-Second Rollback technology and bootable media builder.
2. Virtual Mode
Unlike Disk Management that apply changes immediately, NIUBI Partition Editor is designed to work in virtual mode first. You can preview, cancel and redo the pending operations. Real disk partitions won't be changed until you click Apply to confirm.
This is an unique technology of NIUBI. If you have applied changes with other software, you cannot cancel the ongoing operations even if you did wrong. NIUBI can cancel the operations at any progress fast and safely.
4. 1-Second Rollback
This is another unique technology of NIUBI Partition Editor, it is able to roll back your computer to original status automatically and in a flash if it detects any hardware issue or any known software error.
5. Much faster
When you do some operations such as shrinking a partition towards right or moving a partition, all files in this partition must be moved to new locations. It costs much time if there are large amount of files. Thanks to the special file-moving algorithm, NIUBI is 30% to 300% faster than other tools.
6. All-in-one toolkit
This free partition software supports Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP 32/64 bit, it can manage local/removable hard disk with any interface, all types of hardware RAID array, VMware/Hyper-V/Virtualbox virtual disk, USB flash drive and memory cards. Most of disk and partition management requirements can be fulfilled.
Download this free partition software in Windows 11 laptop/desktop/tablet computer, you'll see all storage devices with partition structure and other information on the right. Right click each disk or partition, you'll see available operations.
To single partition:
- Resize volume (shrink and extend)
- Move partition location
- Merge two adjacent volumes by 1 step
- Copy to Unallocated space
- Convert to Logical or Primary partition
- Convert NTFS to FAT32
- Change drive letter (such as D:)
- Change label (add a name or modify)
- Set Active partition
- Check file system integrity
- Defrag to improve performance
- Hide from File Explorer
- Delete (files can be recovered)
- Format volume to use as new
- Wipe (erase data permanently)
- Surface test
- Explore (view files/folders with directory)
- View properties
To whole disk:
- Change status to offline or online
- Set read-only attribute
- Wipe disk (cannot be recovered)
- Surface test
- View properties
- Clone disk to migrate data and OS
- Convert MBR disk to GPT
- Delete all partitions
- Cleanup disk
To Unallocated space:
- Create one or more volumes
- Wipe data in it
- Surface test (scan bad sectors)
- View properties (detailed parameters)
Want to try this free partition software in Windows 11 laptop, desktop or tablet computer?