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Partitioning Hard Drives

by bannerwaver / April 11, 2008 7:56 PM PDT

I have just got my PC back from repair with XP Pro installed on a 200GB Hard Drive. I want to partition it but don't know if that is possible now it has an OS installed. Do I have sto format again?

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Many myths here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 11, 2008 10:36 PM PDT

Such as it saves your files, runs faster, saves installed programs, lets you have the OS on it's own, etc. All these are untrue.

But if you insist go buy PARTITION MAGIC and have fun.

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Yes, you can
by tekchallenged / April 12, 2008 12:04 AM PDT

In addition to buying a partitioning program, there is also a free program called Gparted which you can download and use from a cd. You just shrink the size of the existing partition, then you can create a new partition in the free space left.

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Just remember
by Jimmy Greystone / April 12, 2008 1:20 AM PDT

Just remember that with ANY partition editor or resizing program, free or commercial, there is always a chance that it will screw up and you will lose all your data. So ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have backups.

Now, out of the 100+ times I've probably used Partition Magic, I think it only screwed up on me one time. And fortunately it was on a brand new system I was prepping for deployment. Still, it just goes to show that things like this CAN happen. So see the above about having backups.

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