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Can I use XP to Partition a HD once XP is installed?

Can I create a partition using XP Home Edition after XP is already installed on the drive?

I have a fresh installation of XP Home Edition already installed on an 80 G HD and would like to create an image of the installation for backup purpose. Can I create a partition of this installation with XP or do I need a 3rd party product? If it is 3rd party, what do you recommend?

If I tried to create an image of the installation the way it is presently set up it would be hughe? Right?

Thanks

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Re: Can I use XP to Partition a HD once XP is installed?

In reply to: Can I use XP to Partition a HD once XP is installed?

PARTDISK and Drive Management is destructive. You can not RESIZE a partition, but only delete and create.

If you want a free endrun around the problem which I don't offer any support other to note its been done... Get a current Linux distribution and use it's installer to install Linux. Then rewrite the master boot record (hint: FIXMBR) and then use DISKPART or Drive Management to delete the Linux partition and create what you want.

BEWARE that such a partition copy is just a copy and not a backup.

Bob

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Re: Can I use XP to Partition a HD once XP is installed?

In reply to: Can I use XP to Partition a HD once XP is installed?

XP's built-in Diskpart tools can only be create partitions during the setup and not in XP.

Or you can use Diskpart in the Recovery Console to create more partitions but such will also erase all your data.

Since it's a fresh install you could start over and during setup delete the existing partition and create several as you so desired.

Only other way to create partition in XP is to use Partition Magic but @ $70.00 it makes more sense to invest the $ on a second HDD?

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