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need a new partition in my computer

by izote / September 8, 2006 2:59 PM PDT

i have xp in my hard drive but i need to make an extra partition does any one knows how to do it without using any extra software. like partition magic too expensive.

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Partitioning your HD
by GamerKing / September 8, 2006 4:26 PM PDT

I'm sure you know that you can partition your hard drive using Windows built-in function FDisk. See the Microsoft article:
However, that wipes all the stuff on your drive.

I am not sure I would trust free-ware to do something that puts your data at risk.

I have used Partition Magic for years, and while it does cost a few bucks, it works flawlessly. My systems usually have two HD, plus two external drives which I partition and repartition regularly without a problem

For a one off job you may want to check out this site:
They are offering a free trial of Parition Magic..I am not sure if it actually completes the process, or simply allows you to check out the interface. (BTW they still show PowerQuest as the publisher--fact is, Norton purchased this product from them some time back.)

Good luck on your search.

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Good Advice but.....
by Trance_Zac / September 8, 2006 6:54 PM PDT
In reply to: Partitioning your HD

Windows only supports Fdisk for FAT 32 Partitions, using a 98 Boot Disk - Most XP installs are on NTFS partitions (recommended)

You can use another XP machine to partition your HD, but again will loose all your data.

The time to partition is BEFORE you install XP.

Since this isn't the case you have 3 choices
1 - back-up all your data & wipe your HD & partition & reinstall XP & all your apps & data

2 - Drop a few bucks on Partition Magic

3 - Google up some free program & cross your fingers!

PM isn't all that expensive now is it??

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Partition Magic costs
by GamerKing / September 9, 2006 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Good Advice but.....

PM costs $69.95 directly from Norton. I am sure that you can find it cheaper.

I like the suggestion someone made about adding a 2nd hard drive (I always have two, plus a couple of externals), but I still think you need PM (or something) if you like partitioning.

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Add a hard drive?
by linkit / September 8, 2006 8:05 PM PDT

If this is a desktop, adding a second hard drive is another alternative. Some cost much less than Partition Magic.

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