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Anonymous
August 5, 2004 1:47:02 PM

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I received a new computer today and will shortily be setting it up,
transfering files etc. What are the benefits of partitioning the C Drive
into three parts (programs, data, pictures)? I am considering this to
simplify backups.

If I DO create a second and / or third partition is any data lost on the
original partitition?

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Anonymous
August 5, 2004 3:06:03 PM

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Yes, you will lose all your programs, using the XP CD Install setup.

You need to acquire a 3rd party Partition Manager, such as BootIt NG,
Partition Magic, or Norton's Ghost.
You can create, or delete Partitions on the fly without losing programs.

"Michael M" <Michael M@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:353DE6E7-3E61-4E93-BEA7-6CBC434B484A@microsoft.com...
> I received a new computer today and will shortily be setting it up,
> transfering files etc. What are the benefits of partitioning the C Drive
> into three parts (programs, data, pictures)? I am considering this to
> simplify backups.
>
> If I DO create a second and / or third partition is any data lost on the
> original partitition?
Anonymous
August 5, 2004 4:04:37 PM

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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:

How to Partition and Format a Hard Disk in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;313348&Product=winxp

HOW TO: Install Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;316941&Product=winxp

Clean Install Windows XP
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

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"Michael" wrote:

| I received a new computer today and will shortily be setting it up,
| transfering files etc. What are the benefits of partitioning the C Drive
| into three parts (programs, data, pictures)? I am considering this to
| simplify backups.
|
| If I DO create a second and / or third partition is any data lost on the
| original partitition?
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Anonymous
August 5, 2004 10:00:52 PM

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If you start out with bare drive, XP setup will give you an option of how
hard drive space/area to use. This will create the intial "C:" partition.
It will carry you through the windows installation, and registration
procedures. I suggest using NTFS instead of FAT32.

Any remaining hard drive area can be used to create the additional
partition(s) that you want. It can be done within an XP environment with
its own tools.

Data is lost from a hard drive for different reasons. The first being is
the file is written to an area that has become unusable. This will not
affect any other partition. The next is that the file system becomes
damaged or the partition boot information is damaged, so files on that
partition may become accessible. This does not affect other partitions.
Finally, the master boot record which contains the location information of
the partitions may become damaged. This may include all partition
locations, and will thus affect and cause loss of all file access on any
partition. Am indicating that there is not a yes or no answer to your last
question.
"Michael M" <Michael M@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:353DE6E7-3E61-4E93-BEA7-6CBC434B484A@microsoft.com...
> I received a new computer today and will shortily be setting it up,
> transfering files etc. What are the benefits of partitioning the C Drive
> into three parts (programs, data, pictures)? I am considering this to
> simplify backups.
>
> If I DO create a second and / or third partition is any data lost on the
> original partitition?
Anonymous
August 6, 2004 2:57:53 AM

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And just a note, BootIt Next Generation, www.bootitng.com is half the price of Partition Magic, and my personal choice.

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"Michael M" <Michael M@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:353DE6E7-3E61-4E93-BEA7-6CBC434B484A@microsoft.com...
>I received a new computer today and will shortily be setting it up,
> transfering files etc. What are the benefits of partitioning the C Drive
> into three parts (programs, data, pictures)? I am considering this to
> simplify backups.
>
> If I DO create a second and / or third partition is any data lost on the
> original partitition?
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