How to Partition a Drive

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  1. sepand

    sepand Registered Member

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    I want to partition my drive, but I'm not sure if it's possible to do it without formatting my drive. How would I go about it?

    Also, I have a 60Gb drive (i know, it sucks). All I add to the drive are documents (essays, etc), music files, pictures, and occasionally programs. How much space should i allocate to C:\ and how much to ... (can i call it) X:\?
     
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    first is this a new drive or new install
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    is this a drive already w\ an install and data on a partition taking up the whole drive?
     
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    1st scenario
    new 2nd HDD being added to the computer
    attach (ideally on its own IDE channel if its IDE)
    Start > Run > (type) diskmgmt.msc > Rclick unallocated space > partition

    if its really a new HDD you might get an initializing wizard before you can do that, just follow the instructions

    2nd scenario
    already partitioned HDD with an OS install and data
    download Gparted as Longboard has kindly supplied you a link
    install, for drill reboot, then start it and likely it will have a help section but youd want to resize the current partition to near the current data you have
    apply and youll have to reboot since its the system partition and has to do that from outside the OS
    when your done you can follow the first procedure above to create a new partition and format it.

    as far as how big, your constrained by how much you can shrink the first partition by how much is on it currently, you could of course transfer over data then shrink it some more, reboot, then enlarge the other partition.

    Do one thing at a time when using partition tools
    resize reboot, move reboot ect
    avoid merging partitions
    make the recovery disks
    backup critical data 1st
    never restart the ap thinking its hung
     
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    NO it's not new, and it's not partitioned (only has C:\). So I guess i'll follow 1st scenario. Thanks.

    Finally, how do I shrink/enlarge? Using the same program (diskmgmt.msc)?
     
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    2nd scenario it is partitioned
    C:\ is the partition

    Gparted is the opensource freeware Id recommend
    I use Partition Magic (which Ive had forever) but they are basically the same
    however since Ive yet to use it I cant give you step by step
    its generally pretty simple though, something like RClick on the partition and resize, specify how much apply reboot
     
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