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XP's DiskPart utility is capable of only partitioning a hard drive that is empty
or has "unallocated" free space.
For example, if you were to install a new second drive, DiskPart can be
used to partition and format it. DiskPart cannot segregate current files from
free space, therefore, only a sophisticated third-party partitioning program,
such as Partition Magic 8 , can be used with a drive that already has Windows XP
The only way you can create, delete, resize or merge existing partitions,
and not harm your existing Windows installation, is to purchase and use
a third-party partitioning program such as Partition Magic 8. http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/
The alternative is to perform a "clean install" of Windows XP:
| Noted in a book and the Help files that it appears possible to partition off
| a large hard drive into smaller partitions/volumes using the Computer
| Management Console.
| I am currently running a new computer with one 160G SATRA drive. Is it
| easily possible for me to break this into 2 or more drives while keeping
| current data and NTFS? Currently utilzing about 7.5G.
| Did XP Pro include something like Partion Magic? Or, am I reading this wrong.