How to make a partition

May 8, 2008 at 10:21:33
Specs: Windows XP Pro sp2, 3000+/384mb

i have windows currently installed on my only 40gb hard. Is there any way to make a partition for another windows install. I already tried but i dont have any unallocated hard space how could i free some up without earasing my current OS? THANKS


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May 8, 2008 at 11:10:55

You would need a re-partitioning program. Partition Magic is the best, but expensive.

You could do a Google search for "free partition managers" and find some free ones. Ranish might be the best of the free ones. But be aware that partitioning programs can be very hazardous to your PC's health.

The best idea would be to add a second hard drive.

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May 8, 2008 at 11:14:36

What is the OS of the second install you want to perform?

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May 8, 2008 at 11:23:27

Are you trying to create a dual boot setup? Which version of Windows do you wanna install on the 2nd partition? As stated above, you'll need a software program such as Partition Magic or Ranish.

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May 8, 2008 at 12:18:08

Not only the OS, but how are you planning on splitting the drive? A 40gb hard drive will not give much for storage and application install considering how much disk space the current operating systems and software takes up.


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May 8, 2008 at 12:28:49

Thank you for the fast responses. I was going to make a 5gb partition i only need 5gb for 1 game. I was going to put windows xp 64BIT on the second partition and make a 32/64 dual boot.


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May 8, 2008 at 14:13:15

according to Micro$oft, WinXP 64bit OS needs a minimum partition of 6Gb. you may be pushing your luck there.

what you could do is get a FREE d/l of partitioning software as was mentioned above viz >>> GPartedLiveCD and reduce the size of your current HDD partition IF you have enough free space at the moment (assuming that your 40Gb HDD has only one partition), keeping in mind that your present OS needs at least 15% of Free Space to perform routine maintenance tasks viz >>> defragging.

the simplest method would be to do as aegis suggests above and get another HDD and install winXP64 on that and anything else you want. you could then just simply "dual-boot" either HDD from within BIOS Boot Tab, without actually setting up a "dual-boot" with a Boot Manager.

you have hardware driver support for WinXP64bit ?

EDIT: you need more RAM. 1GB is bare minimum with XP64

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May 8, 2008 at 14:22:10

Which game do you have that MUST be played on a 64-bit OS? And just out of curiousity, what video card do you have? I recall you asking about a video upgrade about a month ago...what did you end up getting? Hopefully it's an AGP card & NOT an FX5200.

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