Advice wanted about splitting or re-sizing partition.

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  1. mhf

    mhf Registered Member

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    I have just inherited a Dell E6400 laptop with a 80gb hdd, nothing much installed on the single C:/ partition, though there is some precious data there that I've backed up.

    I would like to create a second partition to store data - what is best : to split C:/ into two partitions, or re-size (i.e. reduce) C:/ so as to free unallocated space and create a new partition ?

    I would be using MiniTools Partition Wizard or similar.

    The whole thing is a bit nail-biting ... advice please.

    Thanks.
     
  2. SirDrexl

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    I'm not sure, but I think both processes are the same thing. I mean, you can't just split a partition without creating a new one, so if the software has a choice to "split" that's probably resizing and creating a new partition in one click.
     
  3. mhf

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    Yup, thanks, you're probably right.
     
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    Check the C: partition for errors and bad sectors before you shrink it. From the command prompt do "Chkdsk C: /r". The prompt will tell you that you will have to reboot. When you reboot, the disk will be checked for file system errors and bad sectors and any found will be fixed. This will help avoid most potential problems with the resizing and partitioning the disk.
     
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    I suggest using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition. It's so easy to use and states everything very clearly. You'll find resizing or splitting partitions and much more as easy as pie.:thumb:
     
  6. mhf

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    Thanks for your suggestions but I prefer MiniTools to AOMEI.
     
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    No prob. Whatever suits you best.:thumb:
     
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