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I just bought Windows Vista Full version today, and I still have XP Pro on this machine.


I want to Dual Boot both, but I only have 1 HDD and it is not partitioned. (too much stuff i still need to burn to format)

Is there a way I can partition my drive even if its not formatted to install Vista to?
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You can use a program like Partition Magic or a Linux LiveCD that has GParted on it. These will allow you to resize the partition that XP is currently sitting on, and make room for Vista.

Make sure to defrag your hard drive like 10-15 times before you resize an NTFS partition. They get horribly fragmented and most partition programs won't take this into account and will end up removing parts of files.
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kinda risky then?

i want to use Vista but its kinda NEW and i hear a lot of incompatibilities so i dont want to give up on XP yet
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post #4 of 12
Well, it's "risky", but only if you don't take your time. Definately back up anything you can't get back in case you mess up something. You should be just fine though.

How big is the hard drive?
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When you split the partition...make sure give it at least 10-15GB
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250gb

I think im just gonna back everything up and just format fresh with XP and VISTA
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post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by xsabrewulf View Post
250gb

I think im just gonna back everything up and just format fresh with XP and VISTA
You should be fine with 250gb, unless you have like 60% of the disk space already used.

Make a 80gb partition for Vista to use.
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post #8 of 12
highly recommend VistaBootPro for setting up the dual boot
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post #9 of 12
i agree i highly recommend vista boot pro, because i ended up formatting about 3 times because i was setting up dual boot the same way as all previous dual boots and it wasn't working.

but i finally got it to work with vista boot pro.
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post #10 of 12
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Do I still need vista installed on a different partition if i use Vista Boot Pro?
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