Nowadays, disk management becomes a common thing, for example, extend partition, shrink partition, create partition and more. Usually, Windows built-in tool – Disk Management is used to do these operations. However, sometimes you will fail to do partition creation or partition resizing. Here, we will show you one specific example: can’t turn second unallocated space into a simple volume.
From the above screenshot, you can see on the 3TB hard drive, there is no simple volume option. Namely, you cannot create a new partition with the unallocated space. Why? It is due to the limitation of MBR disk.
For MBR and GPT, most computer users know they are two kinds of disk partition styles. MBR disk can only support up to 2TB hard drive. If the disk uses MBR partition style, the disk space larger than 2TB will show unallocated space. When using it to create a new partition, there will be a failure. But for GPT disk, it can supports 18EB disk maximally. Thus, the best solution is to convert the MBR disk to GPT disk.
How to do this conversion to solve no option to create a new partition in Disk Management issue? When right clicking on the MBR disk in Windows Disk Management, you will find “Convert to GPT Disk” becomes greyed out. If you want to make it useful, all volumes should be deleted. However, data loss is irretrievable. Under this circumstance, the third-party partition manager should be a good choice. Here, it is worth mentioning that MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition enables you to perform the conversion between MBR and GPT disk effectively.
Step 1: After downloading this free disk manager and making an installation, launch it. Then, right click on the MBR disk, and click “Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk” from the left panel.
Step 2: Execute this operation by hitting “Apply” button.
After finishing the conversion, now new simple volume greyed out issue is solved. In Disk Management, you can create a new simple volume with ease.
Besides, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition also provides you with a feature to create a new partition with NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, Ext2/3/4, Linux Swap and more. Just open it on your computer for a trial.
Step 1: Select “Create Partition” from “Partition Management” menu.
Step 2: Then, specify the partition table, partition type, drive letter, file system, cluster size and partition size depending on your need.
Step 3: Click “Apply” to let this change active.
In conclusion, when there is no option to create a new partition in Disk Management, just convert this disk to GPT and then create the new partition again. MiniTool Partition Wizard is such a wonderful partition manager. Get it right now.