Help! How do i repartition my C: drive, its the only drive i have!

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  1. Lebowsky

    Lebowsky Registered Member

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    This is a old Toshiba Satellite laptop that i am using.
    It has XP Professional SP3 installed.
    It has a 60 GB HDD, but its only one partition, just C: drive.
    The free space is 40 GB.
    So, can someone please guide me as to how can i have another drive letter, like D: say with 10 GB or 20 GB space?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. appster

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    The free Cute Partition Manager will definitely do the job for you. You could also checkout the free Partition Logic, but I'm not sure if it supports NTFS. Read the info on the site.
     
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  3. jonyjoe81

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    make sure you a good image backup stored on an external drive. I have had 2 incidents where I lost all the data on a harddrive when I try to split it. But I have also had success partitioning an active hard drive, it's just better to plan for the worst. Once a partitioning operation goes bad, it's next to impossible to recover from it.

    Also the free gparted is available as a linux livecd and can resize ntfs partitions
    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/index.php

    If you don't have any image backup software, use the 15 day demo of easyimage, it's a full trial thats easy to use. Make sure you make a bootcd and store the image on another hard drive or computer (through a LAN connection).

    http://www.eazsolution.com/en/easyimage.php
     
  4. Lebowsky

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    thanks for your reply!
    im a little confused about the screenshot that i found of cute partition manager here;
    http://www.cutepm.com/screens.htm

    whats the option i click to sort of 'split' the main C: drive that i have, into 2?
     
  5. Lebowsky

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    yeah, thanks i will definitely do that. Its just im dumb at pc's and i just want to make sure this goes smoothly, you know!
     
  6. ErikAlbert

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    I don't know this software, but the most logical step is pressing "F7 Create partition", because you need an extra partition on the harddisk.
    Partition [C:] is already there.
     
  7. Lebowsky

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    oh, if i can do that, that would be great!
    how do i do that exactly please?
     
  8. EASTER

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    Hello Lebowsky

    EASTER here.

    If you had access to the old version (6) PARAGON Hard Drive Manager on CD, you would be in possession of what i call the greatest time saver i ever found.

    I still use it to boot up with and it shows what's available on the hard drive and i must say it partitions so darn easy and formats even when another partition is on the same drive. In other words it preps the HD for you to add a partition(s) and then the XP Install Disks asks first where you want to install XP, and also leave the newly formatted file system intact.

    This might not be what you had in mind but just wanted to pass this along because i routinely split HD's off to at least another "bootable" partition and then you only need to add a line in the boot.ini file on both to boot to both from a single HD.

    EASTER
     
  9. ErikAlbert

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    How ? By pressing the key, labeled "F7", on your keyboard. :)
     
  10. Kerodo

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    I have used Partition Logic on NTFS with great success, works fine and gets the job done nicely. I used it to resize partitions and then to create new ones in the remaining space... No issues...
     
  11. lodore

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    i definatly reccomend using paragon partition management:thumb:
     
  12. EASTER

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    Amen. Paragon will fix it up.
     
  13. Longboard

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    Gparted; very useful tool +++
    Get free trial of BING from Terabyte:
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm
    ..phenomenal tool..

    If you aint too sure what to do make sure you have your back-ups done and have original discs around

    Both Gparted and BING have very user friendly GUI
    :)
     
  14. lodore

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    gparted ill give you but bing is far from user friendly
     
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