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Partitioning a Hard Disk with Windows XP already installed.

Hi all,

I have a Hard Disk with Windows XP Pro (service Pack 2) and a few other softwares like Microsoft Office 2007 already installed on it. I need to partition that hard disk (ie: create a D: drive). Do I need to uninstall XP first before doing it? In case there is no need to erase Windows XP first, do I run the risk of corrupting certain applications or even finding myself with a PC that would refuse to boot?

What partition software would you recommend me to use?


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At least two ways that I know of

Partition owned by that utility predator Symantec....will do as you wish. Another method would be to use imaging software that could make a compressed image of that drive onto another and then restore it while allowing a resizing of the original partition.

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I used this program with excellent results

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I found Easeus Partition Manager 1.6.4 here on Cnet's It let me change partition size in minutes. Check the readme on it to be sure it does what you really want to do but I think it is the solution you seek.

Oh yeah BTW did I mention it's free Happy

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Paragon Partition Manager did it for me

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I used Paragon Partition Manager (pro, but they give you a free trial which is all you need) to do precisely that--I shrunk an existing partition, then created a new one on that same hard drive. It didn't goof up any programs or the boot sequence, but just to be sure, I'd back up any essential files and documents first.

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