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Anonymous
December 11, 2004 6:53:44 PM

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Hi there
I have just purchased a new dell computer it has a 140gb hard drive I would
like to partition this but unsure whether I have to reformat the whole drive
then have to reload windows. can anybody help please

Sue

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Anonymous
December 11, 2004 6:53:45 PM

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Windows cannot repartition a disk. You'd have to erase your hard disk and
start from scratch - a waste of time. This is better:

Norton Partition Magic 8.0
http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/

Ted Zieglar

"Sue Davies" <susan.davies1@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
news:cKEud.400$WZ3.148@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
> Hi there
> I have just purchased a new dell computer it has a 140gb hard drive I
> would
> like to partition this but unsure whether I have to reformat the whole
> drive
> then have to reload windows. can anybody help please
>
> Sue
>
>
Anonymous
December 11, 2004 6:53:46 PM

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Sue Davies wrote:
> I have just purchased a new dell computer it has a 140gb hard drive I
> would like to partition this but unsure whether I have to reformat the
> whole drive then have to reload windows. can anybody help please


Ted Zieglar wrote:
> Windows cannot repartition a disk. You'd have to erase your hard disk
> and start from scratch - a waste of time. This is better:
>
> Norton Partition Magic 8.0
> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/

Ted is correct - you either have to redo the partition scheme (with your
Boot CD) and start over from scratch or use a third-party utility like
Partition Magic.

I have to ask - why are you wanting to partition it?

If for separation of data and operating system/applications - might I
suggest just buying a second hard drive and putting it in. There are still
many deals for 160GB Seagate drives for under $70 after rebates.
(www.dealsites.net)

Not only that, if your thinking was along the lines of more performance out
of partitioning, you would get more of a performance increase out of a
second drive and proper configurations - more than you would from a single
drive ATA system.

If you still want to resize your given partitions, you could use Partition
Magic ($69.95) ( http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/ ) or many other
partition manager applications. You could look into Ranish Partition
Manager (Free) ( http://www.ranish.com/part/ ) or 7Tools Partition Manager
($29.95) ( http://www.7tools.de/pm/index.htm ) or Zeleps Partition Resizer
(Can only MOVE NTFS partitions - so may not work for you) (Free) (
http://zeleps.com/ ) - there are many others - use Google!

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January 16, 2005 1:43:43 PM

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Ted Zieglar wrote:
> Windows cannot repartition a disk. You'd have to erase your hard disk
> and start from scratch - a waste of time. This is better:
>
> Norton Partition Magic 8.0
> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>
> Ted Zieglar
>
> "Sue Davies" <susan.davies1@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
> news:cKEud.400$WZ3.148@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
>
>> Hi there
>> I have just purchased a new dell computer it has a 140gb hard drive I
>> would
>> like to partition this but unsure whether I have to reformat the whole
>> drive
>> then have to reload windows. can anybody help please
>>
>> Sue


While we are on the subject of partitions....
I've been looking for a new, bigger hard drive for my computer. I was
looking at the Seagate 160 GB drives but I read some information about
older systems not being able to handle drives that big. One source said
that both the operating system and the BIOS have to be able to handle
the drive or the computer may write over part of the operating system so
that you can't start windows. It wasn't clear if that only happens after
the drive is nearly full of if that can happen early on.
This computer is now 4 years old so I started looking at 120 GB drives
to avoid the problem. I didn't purchase yet. Now I'm wondering if
partitioning the new 160 drive would make the problem go away (if it
ever existed in the first place).
Years ago I placed a 2nd drive in my first computer. The new drive was
5.2 GB and had to be partitioned into 4 parts! Times have changed. That
drive came with software to do the partitioning. I wonder if a new
Seagate drive comes with such software in anticipation of the same problem?

Steve
January 16, 2005 2:06:17 PM

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user@domain.invalid wrote:

> Ted Zieglar wrote:
>
>> Windows cannot repartition a disk. You'd have to erase your hard disk
>> and start from scratch - a waste of time. This is better:
>>
>> Norton Partition Magic 8.0
>> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>>
>> Ted Zieglar
>>
>> "Sue Davies" <susan.davies1@ntlworld.com> wrote in message
>> news:cKEud.400$WZ3.148@newsfe6-gui.ntli.net...
>>
>>> Hi there
>>> I have just purchased a new dell computer it has a 140gb hard drive I
>>> would
>>> like to partition this but unsure whether I have to reformat the
>>> whole drive
>>> then have to reload windows. can anybody help please
>>>
>>> Sue
>
>
>
> While we are on the subject of partitions....
> I've been looking for a new, bigger hard drive for my computer. I was
> looking at the Seagate 160 GB drives but I read some information about
> older systems not being able to handle drives that big. One source said
> that both the operating system and the BIOS have to be able to handle
> the drive or the computer may write over part of the operating system so
> that you can't start windows. It wasn't clear if that only happens after
> the drive is nearly full of if that can happen early on.
> This computer is now 4 years old so I started looking at 120 GB drives
> to avoid the problem. I didn't purchase yet. Now I'm wondering if
> partitioning the new 160 drive would make the problem go away (if it
> ever existed in the first place).
> Years ago I placed a 2nd drive in my first computer. The new drive was
> 5.2 GB and had to be partitioned into 4 parts! Times have changed. That
> drive came with software to do the partitioning. I wonder if a new
> Seagate drive comes with such software in anticipation of the same problem?
>
> Steve

By the way, sorry I replied to such an old post. I looked too quick and
thought it was a month newer than it was. I also don't know where this
return address came from. I have never used that anywhere. Since I don't
usually use my real address on newsgroups, I guess I'll leave it.

Steve
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