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Partition a drive without formatting

By mskcool ·
Hi, I just bought a HP laptop recently which has the capacity of 80GB. This is divided into two partitions C: and . partion is having recovery files and is about 500MB and the rest is C drive. I just wanted to know that how can I split this C: into smaller chunks of about 20GB without formatting my system. Can anyone sort it out for me. Thanks

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by NQBEST In reply to Partition a drive without ...

use partition magic utility, no need to format your hdd.

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by timwalsh In reply to Partition a drive without ...

You can do this, but not any utilites provided with Windows.

You will need to purchase a utility such as Partition Magic (now owned by Symantec)(there are similar utilities available from other publishers).

Some things to verify before purchasing ang disk partition utility:
1. Will it work on a system partition (i.e. the partition on which the OS is installed?
2. Will it work on dynamic disks? This is only important if you have converted your disk from a basic disk to a dynamic disk.

The basic process you will follow will be to shrink the C: partition and then create additional partitions from the free space created.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Partition a drive without ...

And the most important thing that you can ever do s Create a solid Backup of your existing data before you start anything this should include the contents of the hidden partition with your recovery files on it.

If you don't do this you run the risk of loosing everything on the computer and having no chance of recovery.

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by willpd13 In reply to Partition a drive without ...

You could try downloading something like the ultimate boot cd (http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/)
the tool you are looking for is qparted which is a linux based clone of partion magic and hence free :)

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by Dumphrey In reply to Partition a drive without ...

QT Parted actually has a live CD out now, a 30meg download that creates a bootable live version of QT parted. You can shrink your existing NTFS partition and create new partitions and then format them. I think its as easy as partition magic and its free. Here is a link to a review http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/04/25/1917228

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