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HI, I am wondering how to I make new partitions, and how do I make partition tables bigger? Are there any free programs that do this good?
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I've heard of one, I can't really remember what it was called (check downloads.com or google it, I think it was called partition magic), but when I spoke with someone of greater intelligence on computers than me, he didn't recommend it as the chances of it partitioning without malfunctioning and screwing up my HD was not too good. He recommended if I really needed to partition my HD to reinstall windows and basically redo my hard drive(s) after setting up a partition. But, I'm fairly new to this so don't take my word for it.
    
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OK...well what I am trying to do is get windows XP, and Windows 64 on two different partitions. All I have is my current partition, and an 8mb one. WHAT DO I DO!??!
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post #4 of 17
Do you already have your OS installed on the drive you're trying to partition? If so, you may want to clone your drive first, then partition it and put your image back on the drive. That would probably be your safest bet.
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post #5 of 17
You start all over from scratch, and partition your disc that way.

Or

You get a progran like Partition Magic. I works fine for almost all people.

The cloning idea is a really good tip!
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Why not have both OS on the same partition?
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post #7 of 17
You can, but it might conflict. MS is discurraging it by good reason.
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post #8 of 17
When you install Windows XP, let it boot from the CD and start installing files in the blue screen. When it has finished that, it will ask you which partition on the HD to install to. From there, you can delete the partition(s), and set up new partition(s). I think you just type in the size that you want (I would recommend a minimum of 5 gigs per OS). I have never done this, but I have installed XP many times and came across that every time.

You could also setup the HD as a slave in your computer if you already have a HD setup in your computer with an OS installed on it and use the "Western Digital Data Lifeguard" software to create partitions very easily, then shut down and set the HD to Master and install the OS in the newly created partitions - I have done that many times. I think that software is available freely in the Western Digital website. I hope this helps.
    
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post #9 of 17
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Well...here is what is going on. I have windows XP already installed on my system, and it works great, but I downloaded a trial windows 64 bit. What I want to do is partition it so I can test it. NOW, what should I do?
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post #10 of 17
I use Partition Commander--it is a subset of System Commander and can do wahtever you want to your HDDs. Will not work for RAID arrays or Windows Dynamic Disk. As mentioned, cloning your drive is a good thing before screwing around--if ou have more than one HDD this is even better--as it can be an alternative boot in case you totally corrupt your primary OS.

Yes you can create a partition without messing up your current partition--it will resize that partition which menas re-writing all the data so there is risk involced. However, using a boot utility like Partition Commander that operates without the aid of an OS is the safest way to go--plus PC has a "restore" disk type deal that will recover your operation in the event your computer shutsdown in th middle of it....I would not use Windows to try and modify the HDD partition--although that option will be offered when you install windows from the CD. It might work just fine...no harm experimenting....
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