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Partition Hard Drive??

by sassilou01 / March 25, 2011 6:51 PM PDT

I would like to partition part of the hard drive of my new PC (HP P6645A - Intel Core i5 650; 3.2GHz; 6GB DDR3 RAM; 1T hard drive; DVD-RW; 1GB ATI HD5450 Graphics; TV Tuner; Windows 7 Home Premium)

I have downloaded some software via CNET (Mini Tool Partition Wizard) to do this. I have read the reader's reviews of the software, which seemed to be okay. However, I am a bit afraid of wrecking my PC, in particular my NEW PC.

Is is possible to do any irreparable damage to the hard drive?? Any advice or reassurance would be welcome.


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Re: Partition Hard Drive?
by pip22 / March 26, 2011 1:32 AM PDT
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Unless there is any unpartitioned space currently on the drive (ie unallocated space) you won't be able to make any new partitions on it without deleting the existing partition. This will obviously mean that you'll need to re-install Windows from scratch after new partitions have been created.

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Not so.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 26, 2011 9:22 PM PDT

With Windows 7 own Disk Management console it is possible to create a new partition off the system disk without harming the existing Windows 7 installation.

The existing partition has to be 'shrunk' first and the new partition is created from the remainder.

There are plenty of guides how to do this, and a video example is here;

I don't know about the OP's selection of software, but in any case, it is always advisable to have a plan in case anything goes wrong, and to back up personal files and so on before continuing.


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partitioning utilities.
by apple20121314 / March 27, 2011 12:45 PM PDT
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As I know, there are many partition manager can help yo partition hard drive, the minitool partition wizard you chose and mentioned, Acronis Disk Director, Aomei Partition Assistant and so on, you can choose the alternatives, all of them work well as people's reviews you can take for reference.

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Do a backup first
by tekchallenged / March 27, 2011 5:30 PM PDT
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You can't destroy your hard disk, but it is possible for your installation to get a bit messed up (the windows 7 boot loader didn't like it when I repartitioned using gparted).

I suggest that you make an image of your complete system before you do anything. If it all gets messed up, you can restore it.

You shouldn't have any issues shrinking your existing partition and creating a new one in Windows, as suggested by MarkFlax, but if you start changing things with third party software, windows might "get upset".

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