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Ok, ive asked this question before, ive performed the correct function and i can partition my drive. But my question i am not allowed to partition my 250gb hard drive i have, how, in detail please, do i do it?? My 250gb hard drive has my windows XP 64-bit on it, when i went to install my windows XP 32-bit on it, it informed me that there was not enough disk space, well when i look in my computer it tells me that i have 194gb left. Can someone explain to me what is going on??

I'd like to be able to one of two things (meaning if i cant do one, i'll do the other, lol)

1. Make it were i can install BOTH OS systems on that 250gb hard drive.

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2. Partition 20gb for one OS and then seperate the Hard drive into another partition, so i can add other files to it, instead of throwing it in with the OS.

ALso, a BONUS qustion, lol.

If i install software for one OS, will it be recongized by the other OS, or do i have to install it to the other for it to read on each one.

Is there a way i can make a program read on two OS without a double install??

Many questions, lol.
 

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Ok, ive asked this question before, ive performed the correct function and i can partition my drive. But my question i am not allowed to partition my 250gb hard drive i have, how, in detail please, do i do it?? My 250gb hard drive has my windows XP 64-bit on it, when i went to install my windows XP 32-bit on it, it informed me that there was not enough disk space, well when i look in my computer it tells me that i have 194gb left. Can someone explain to me what is going on??
Yeah like when you installed the first windows you gave it your whole drive. Now it doesn't help if you have 194G left because it's all in one filesystem.

You have to shrink that filesystem and then start partitioning if you want to install an OS or another windows.

This is tricky and you can shoot yourself in the ass pretty easy so make backups.

I use a Linux live CD like gparted which is designed exactly for doing this stuff. Shrink your main windows down as much as you want and then create more partitions for any other os you want to add.

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I'd like to be able to one of two things (meaning if i cant do one, i'll do the other, lol)

1. Make it were i can install BOTH OS systems on that 250gb hard drive.
No problem, do like I said. You could actually install many OS on one drive.

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2. Partition 20gb for one OS and then seperate the Hard drive into another partition, so i can add other files to it, instead of throwing it in with the OS.
I think so but I can't understand this sentence. Wanna try again in American English?
You can pretty much slice up a drive as much as you want using gparted.

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ALso, a BONUS qustion, lol.

If i install software for one OS, will it be recongized by the other OS, or do i have to install it to the other for it to read on each one.

Is there a way i can make a program read on two OS without a double install??

Many questions, lol.

Yeah windows will normally see another NTFS filesystem on the same drive it is on. You will probably get another drive letter with the new windows and it's files. Only problem is in most cases you will probably have to install on each windows because theres no way to share registries and other stuff.

ON a real OS like Linux this wouldn't happen btw.
 

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1. I wanted to partition the drive because i dont want all my files to be thrown in with the files for the Operating System (meaning the programs and etc.) because i sometimes like to be trigger happy and i might delete a folder, then screw everything up on my drive. SO i want to partition it from happening.

2. Is there a way to partition it even though the OS is already on it?? Or do i have to format, and install everything all over again??

3. On your linux answer about a real OS, they dont offer ways to run my program, lol, so its not a real system,


4. Thanks alot for your help! ! ! ! !
 

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1. I wanted to partition the drive because i dont want all my files to be thrown in with the files for the Operating System (meaning the programs and etc.) because i sometimes like to be trigger happy and i might delete a folder, then screw everything up on my drive. SO i want to partition it from happening.

Yeah no problem. Download and burn the gparted live CD. When you boot it you have a graphical program that can shrink your ntfs filesystem and create new partitions. Format those NTFS also. Then when you reboot copy or move whatever you want from the C drive to the other drive.

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2. Is there a way to partition it even though the OS is already on it?? Or do i have to format, and install everything all over again??

Yeah thats the beauty of gparted and tools like that. You actually shrink the filesystem in place and it leaves your stuff just like if you would of installed it in a smaller partition to begin with. You don't have to do anything!

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3. On your linux answer about a real OS, they dont offer ways to run my program, lol, so its not a real system,


4. Thanks alot for your help! ! ! ! !

Yeah I hear you on that. Linux is not for gaming
 
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