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Hard Drive Partition

by rolly5272 / June 16, 2009 2:02 PM PDT

Can I partition my new SATA 500 gig hard drive after it has been installed and a Windows xP system has allready been loaded?

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Partition
by Phil Crase / June 16, 2009 10:29 PM PDT
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If you are not into the ins and outs of manipulating drives and software, go out and get a copy of PARTITION MAGIC and you should be ok.

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Only if you leave room for a second partition during the
by VAPCMD / June 17, 2009 11:31 AM PDT
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original install. Otherwise you'll have to acquire SW to 'shrink C:' to create room for a 'D:'

VAPCMD

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by G.Santhosh13 / June 20, 2009 6:50 PM PDT
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the 127/137GB only applies to Windows XP with no service pack. Once you have SP1 you can go into the Terabytes for hard drive size.

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one drive?
by maddgamer / June 26, 2009 11:31 AM PDT
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For years I had drives with several partitions and finally came to the conclusion that at most two is enough (I now use none and will continue to do so) as I used to think that Operating System on one everything else on the other.
I would not recommend using a program like Partition magic or any of its type. If you have one drive (C) just use multi folders. There are good reasons for some users to have mor than on partition but for the average user I would say no.

Madgamer

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Would agree but
by deniceels / June 27, 2009 6:38 AM PDT
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in the area of file system you have chosen in the beginning. If you have gone with NTFS, then 1 drive would be ok, however, if you are on FAT32, when you do installation of Windows 7 in future, you will encounter with the installation drive for which, if you do not read the instructions carefully, you may accidentally format that drive which contains your files.

I would still go with 2 drives to prevent such accidents, plus, if you ever do a reformatting or anything dramatic by accident (short of meddling with boot sector) you'll still be safe.

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Tell me how '(I now use none and will continue to do so)" ?
by VAPCMD / June 27, 2009 6:53 AM PDT
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Partition Magic has served me well ....what don't you like about it ?

I always use 2 partitions on drive 0 ... OS and APPs on C and all data on data on D. Works extremely well for image backups and restores to the OS-APPs partition without affecting the DATA partition. Images of drives C and D are stored on second internal HDD. Very fast and reliable over many many years. I'll be sticking with what works until it doesn't.

VAPCMD

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While I don't disagree about partitioning
by Jonmor68 / June 27, 2009 7:42 AM PDT

if you have to go out and buy Partition Magic, a better option would be to use the $$ to buy a new second drive seeing as they are so cheap now.

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Another HDD is a viable option too...but as an inveterate
by VAPCMD / June 27, 2009 9:26 AM PDT

tinker, I already have PM and numerous HDD spares. Shame Symantec didn't continue support of a good product.

VAPCMD

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