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"keltecfusion" <email@example.com> wrote in
> How do you partition a hard drive using XP Home? Never have
> tried it.
Assuming that what you want to do is take a drive filled with a
single partition and divide it into two or more partitions, you
can *not* do this at all with Windows XP Home, nor with any
version of Windows.
No version of Windows or DOS has ever had the ability to change
the partition structure of a drive without losing all the data on
it. To do so requires the use of a third-party program. Partition
Magic is the best-known such program, but there are
shareware/freeware alternatives. One shareware product that gets
good reports from several MVPs (although I haven't used it
personally) is Bootit Next Generation.
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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>How do you partition a hard drive using XP Home? Never have tried it.
With Windows XP installed and running your partitioning options are
1. Creating new partitions on a newly installed additional hard
2. Creating new partitions using any remaining unpartitioned space on
your primary boot drive.
3. Deleting existing partitions, other than the boot partition, from
the existing hard drives.
To perform these tasks use Start - Run - DISKMGMT.MSC
If you wish to do things other than the above you will need a third
party partitioning utility such as Partition Magic (Symantec) or
BootItNG (www.bootitng.com). These programs (there are others as
well) will allow you to resize existing partitions without destroying
the content, align the existing partition boundaries properly for
optimal conversion from FAT32 to NTFS, and so forth.