3 Primary Partitions

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
March 7, 2010 at 10:02:20
Specs: Windows XP, 3Ghz/1GB
Hi.
am having 80GB Harddrive of which 25GB is
allocated for Primary Partition and remaining
for Extended Partition, Extended is almost full
with some of my important Data, Is it Possible
i cud make 3 primary partition on which i
install 3 different Operating system

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#1
March 7, 2010 at 10:09:14
Yes it is. However you will need to make some unallocated space by reducing the size of the existing partitions. You just cant make partitions out of nothing.

Stuart


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#2
March 7, 2010 at 10:12:43
You have an 80GB HDD with 2 partitions...the OS partition has 25GB, the remainder (which should be roughly 50GB) is used for storage & is almost full, correct?

What are you going to partition, the 25GB into three 8.3GB partitions? Or are you going to wipe the 50GB storage partition & split it in 1/2 so that you end up with three 25GB partitions?


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#3
March 7, 2010 at 21:57:12
Since you have a problem of space now, this does not make sense. by installing additional OS on additional partitions, you will be using up additional space, not making additional space from nothing. If you need more storage space, install a second hard drive and move all of your files over to the new larger hard drive. If you really have a need for additional operating systems, you then can partition from original hard drive (from the freed up space) or take a part of the new larger hard drive for the other installations.
As with all partitioning, back up your data to a separate medium before proceeding. And you should know that each installation of a Microsoft Operating system will require an additional license (not so with Linux).

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#4
March 8, 2010 at 03:15:28
ya i have 25GB OS Partition i want to devide it into three Primary
Partitions so that i cud be able to install multiple OS on primary
partitions rather than i go to relocate my data from Extended
Partition(D:/ Drive)

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#5
March 8, 2010 at 06:20:53
I would re-think that plan. Dividing 25 by three will give you three 8 GSs partitions. Enough to install Windows XP but but precious little spare space to play with. You can count on windows XP taking at least 5Gbs.

What other OS were you planning to install?

I think another hard disk is you best bet. When you start messing about with partitions on a nearly full hard disk you just inviting disaster.

Stuart


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