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    How to create Partition???

    What's the best way to go about making a partition on your hard drive?
    Is this something Windows can do, or does this require special software?

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    Windows can do it I know from 2000 to Vista (not entirely sure if its the same in 2000) right-click on My Computer > Manage > Left Column > Disk Management.

    Here you can make or delete partitions but with previous version of Windows that was all you could do but with Vista you can resize.

    If that doesn't offer enough options for you there is PartitionMagic (not free) or there is gparted which is a live linux CD dedicated for partitioning.
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    OK, I'll check on that. Thanks.

    I was hoping Windows could do that, which would work fine for what I'm needing to do.

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    I also found a free utility that should work.

    It's Partition Logic at http://partitionlogic.org.uk/index.html
    in case anyone is interested.

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    It may be a little late to say this, but...

    Partitioning your drive usually requires discarding all information currently on the drive. So you will need to backup. If you have a second hard drive to copy files to, this will do.

    There are tools such as PartitionMagic (not free) or gparted (free, comes with the free knoppix, but harder to use) which can resize a partition without discarding the data on it, in certain circumstances. If you don't know exactly what you are doing you should still backup all the data anyway.

    Partition Logic looks ok, but it lacks some of the features of the others such as being able to create an NTFS partition. Still, you could use Partition Logic to shrink your existing partition, then just create a new NTFS partition in Windows using Disk Management.
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    I couldn't get Partition Logic to work, so I went ahead and bought Acronis Disk Director and it works great.

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    Does partitioning my drive will not affect my OS

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    When I used Acronis Disk Director it didn't hurt anything with my OS.
    I didn't even have to re-boot or anything.

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    The partitioning tools built into Windows can only create partitions in free space on the drive and can delete existing partitions. They can't resize partitions. The partitioning tools that come with some Linux versions as well as third party partitioning tools that you can buy can resize partitions as well. It is recommended that you backup any partition before resizing it as if something goes wrong during the resize (eg. a power failure) then the entire partition may become unreadable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    The partitioning tools built into Windows can only create partitions in free space on the drive and can delete existing partitions. They can't resize partitions...
    This is true for previous versions of Windows. However Windows Vista now supports expanding and shrinking partitions in a non-destructive matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logic_earth View Post
    This is true for previous versions of Windows. However Windows Vista now supports expanding and shrinking partitions in a non-destructive matter.
    That is useful to know.

    Just make sure you have a backup first before resizing a partition via any means.
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    You can always create a Knoppix liveCD and boot off of it, and run QTParted to do the partitioning. But, as previous posters have stated, this cna wreak havoc on an OS if youre' using that drive as your primary drive.

    If it's a secondary drive, back up any data and have at it! You cna do it on a secondary drive using the Computer Management portion of the Administrative Tools control panel item.
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    I also want to partition my drive but Im thinking how without messing with my OS. I'll try all your suggestions guys. Thanks

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    I suggest to use windows XP to do partitions.

    to do partitions on a hard disk via windows XP, u will need to attach the hard disk to a pc with windows XP installed, this means, you will have 2 hard disks in PC,

    now start windows xp, then go to control panel, then open "administrative tools", then open "computer management", then select storage, then selelct, disk management,

    here you can partition and format your hard disk


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