Disk partitioning, resizing in particular is not a strong point of Vista.
I am having problems with shrinking the volume of my C drive in Vista Home Premium. My new HP 6700 series laptop came with a 250GB (actually 232GB) hard drive, pre-partitioned into a 220GB C drive and a 12GB D drive containing the laptop's recovery files.
I would like to break the 220GB C into three drives: 60GB for Vista, 50GB for XP (for dual booting), and 110GB for data. The only problem is that when I use the Vista disk management application, I can only shrink the C drive by a maximum of ~67GB. I have tried and that shrink works fine, but my C drive remains too large (~155GB) and I can't create the third partition I want.
I have seen previous posts talk about Gparted, but I am not fully comfortable with Linux (especially since there seems to be special requirements for NTFS drives). I have a copy of Partition Magic 8 that I used on my old XP laptop, but I have discovered that many of my older programs have compatibility issues with Vista (Acrobat 6, for example). And I am pretty sure that installing PM8 on two systems is a violation of my EULA (though I do plan to wipe the old system).
Should I simply use PM8 (assuming it is compatible with Vista) or is there something I missed with disk management in Vista?
Thanks for the help!