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SATA Hard Drive Partitioning Without Losing Data

by abe_charles / November 7, 2014 7:06 AM PST

Ok folks, here is my dilemma. I have this desktop PC I purchased about four years ago and it was going well until sometime in the middle of 2013, around July. It started acting slowly and I think it's because I formatted it so many times wearing down the drive and causing bad sectors or poor functioning.

it happened with my PCs before so I kinda understood why. Since then I formatted about three more times because the machine was clogged with viruses and junk files and because i installed lots of software it slowed down the machine. It's still cutting edge and I want to start using it again.

I'll buy a new SATA hard drive in two weeks when I get my pay. But I want to know what software to use to partition the drive so that when Windows 10 comes out I'll be able to use my current Windows 7 OS and Windows 10 on another partition without formatting and losing my existing files when I would have started using this new hard drive.

I don't want to lose my files just create another partition for another OS to be installed. I have done it before in 2009 with Vista and Windows 7 but that took forever and I don't remember what software I used to do the partitioning. Can anyone recommend any software that can create a new partition a hard drive without formatting it and losing existing data?

I just want to install the software, tell it how much space I want on both partitions and then let it do its work and when I get Windows 10 install that software on it. Please help me out.

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Gparted is good and free.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / November 7, 2014 7:11 AM PST

Dafydd.

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While I like GPARTED the trouble is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2014 7:18 AM PST

It appears you have no backup so nothing could go wrong? Right?

But then you ask for software Nirvana and even while I like GPARTED, you want to install it and tell it how much and well, it's not Nirvana. For this round maybe the person you trust with your PC would do this for you? You tell them how much space you want and they go do it!
Bob

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