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Resizing Windows XP partition

By local support ·
Resizing Windows XP partition (sp2)

I really much wish to shrink my WinXP partition by 10 GB. Then I?d like to create an extended partition with three logical units of 2 GB each. These logical units will be formatted with FAT16. I will try to access them via a DOS bootable diskette and some tricks in config.sys and autoexec.bat . I know nothing of PM dual boot, and I probably won?t need it.

I have bought Norton PartitionMagic 8. I will disable System Restore and Norton Antivirus.

I don?t understand NTFS, primary partitions, volumes or extended partitions, but I grasp some of it.

I least of all want to make a major FU on my XP machine, but I need to take this step.

What are the caveats?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Resizing Windows XP parti ...

if you are worried, dupe your harddrive to a slave. but nothing will happen. PM will handle it. you don't mention type or size of drive so can't say for absolutely sure. just make some 'emergency repair diskettes' like you are prompted to do during the PM install and go for it. PM is very nice tool. couldn't do without it...

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by CG IT In reply to Resizing Windows XP parti ...

you really don't want to resize XP system partition to 10 GB. First off you need to factor in virtual memory which is free space and Windows will use Free space on the primary partition for virtual memory. you could move it to another partition but....

second, applications by default want to be installed to c:\program files\<program name>. If you don't change that you'll run out of space very fast.

third with hotfixes, services packs, you want free space because one never knows how much space over time you'll need and they get installed to the system partition.

You don't want to format FAT 16 or FAT 32. the file allocation is bigger therefore you can install less within a given space. NTFS actually gives you more space than FAT/FAT32.

fourth: there is not config.sys and autoexec.bat in Windows XP. Windows XP does not support native DOS mode like W9X does.

Get a bigger drive is your out of space.

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yeah that was an ooops damnit on my part. Speed reading and miss the most important point.

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yeah that was an ooops damnit on my part. Speed reading and miss the most important point.

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I plan to shrik the windows partition from 80 GB to 70 GB.

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I plan to shrik the windows partition from 80 GB to 70 GB.

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by CG IT In reply to Resizing Windows XP parti ...

note: if your system has 1GB of memory you'll need free space of 1 to 2 times that for virtual memory. If your system currently has 6 GB of space taken for the system with SP2 you need to add in 1 to 2 GB for virtual memory or 7 to 8 GB free space. If you install a 2GB program to C:\program files\ you just filled up your partition without affecting virtual memory. Install another and your now eating into free space for virtual memory and your system will start to bog down or you'll get low disk space or out of memory error messages.

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