confusion when making a partition using disk management ?

Hewlett-packard / Hp compaq dc7100 sff(pk86...
December 17, 2012 at 14:40:43
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 503 MB
s - when I try to make a partition using disk management , I get confused on how to make it.
I red the article on how to but no luck.
My hdd is 500gig , o.s is 38gig, so I want to shrink the 500 gig to 50gig so that I can convert the rest 450gig for my new partion . I will call it D: this is where my new programs will go.
problem is when I put in the shrink amount , it either goes to 0 or 150gig. You see the problem already ? Im using disk management to do this. Is there an easier way ?
should I download a third party program to do this ?

why are we not getting email notifications anymore after the upgrade ?

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December 17, 2012 at 17:22:08
How is the HDD currently partitioned, one partition using all available disk space? If you have a 500GB HDD, it will format as approx 465GB. I'd go with at least 65GB for the OS, that way it will have some breathing room. The remaining 400GB can either be a single partition, or split into 2 partitions - one for programs, the other for storage. I prefer using EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition, which is available for free.

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