no-unallocated space,want to create partition

Dell / OPTIPLEX GX280
January 21, 2010 at 20:42:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.992 GHz / 2046 MB
I am trying to create a partition on my windows XP machine (windows came installed when purchased). But when I go to disk management, there is only the one drive listed, and it is not showing any un-allocated space. Is there a way to re-claim some of the allocated space, or will I have to format and reinstall?

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#1
January 21, 2010 at 23:04:00
Have a look at Easeus Partition Master which I have often used without problem http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Par...

As normal with any partition re-sizing/creation operation ensure your backup is up-to-date before proceeding.

Good luck.


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#2
January 21, 2010 at 23:11:54
BurkeJax, unallocated or unused space? When a partition is created (single or multiple), space is allocated (reserved) for it. It isn't necessarily used, just allocated. Suggest you consult a partition maker for info.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#3
January 22, 2010 at 03:01:33
A decent partition manager will allow you to reclaim some of the allocated space for a new partition by resizing the existing partition.

Just to reiterate what Wahine said, make sure you do a backup of any date you wish to keep. It is not often that things go wrong when playing about with partitions but when they do it is usually fatal.

Stuart


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#4
January 22, 2010 at 04:12:54
I tried Partition Wizard Home Edition 4.2.2, Paragon Partition Manager 10.0 Personal, Easeus Partition Master 4.1.1 Home edition (all trial editions). I could not get any of these applications to partition the drive.

Ed, The drive shows no unallocated space. I have over 400gb free space at this time.


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#5
January 22, 2010 at 04:32:47
It is a two stage process. First you have to resize the existing partition. Then you partition the un-allocated pace created.

Stuart


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#6
January 22, 2010 at 07:09:41
How do I "Resize the existing partition"???

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#7
January 22, 2010 at 09:21:40
There should be an option the software to do that. It may be that the trial versions do not have this option.

Paragon Partition Manager certainly will do it.

Stuart


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#8
January 22, 2010 at 13:46:19
Following suggestions of a previous post, I updated my drive from standard to dynamic. Paragon Partition Manager would not work because the drive is dynamic. Is there a way to switch it back to standard?

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#9
January 23, 2010 at 02:02:11
Where did you get the idea that changing a disk to dynamic would help with resizing a partition?

Back to basic - http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...

Easeus Partition Master Home Ver.4.1.1 is a fully functional partition manager free for home use and will re-size partitions with ease, As a trial I have re-sized a partition in less than 2 minutes.


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#10
January 23, 2010 at 14:52:02
I got the idea off of multiple message boards. After buying couple pieces of software, I was able to convert back from dynamic to standard, and create the needed partition. I am now posting on Fedora Linux on the new partition. Thanks everyone for your help.

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