Partition manager recommendation for Win XP

February 19, 2010 at 23:39:17
Specs: Windows XP
I had various partition on my hard Disk (eg. C:, D:, E:). I deleted the D: & E :. & formated my drive. Now the entire Hard Drive is under C:.(Other Info... Type: Dynamic, File System: NTFS). I want to again create various partitions to this Hard Drive as before. I do not have technical info about all this. If someone could explain in simple language how to create these partitions again, it will be really helpful.

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February 20, 2010 at 02:09:06


Install, Esus I think there is a wizard to let you do what you
want, ie use free space to create another partition.

Or run the gparted live cd, you then will see the disk, & can
create partitions.

Backup data before running partition tools.

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February 20, 2010 at 14:04:11
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February 20, 2010 at 14:50:08
Partition Logic is freeware and very similar to the paid Partition Magic.

The easy it in XP.

If you don't have much on the hard drive yet other than Windows itself.........

just run Setup from the XP CD again.
Delete the the existing one partition, and when you make a new one, DO NOT make it the default size - specify a size you want the C partition to be - 1,024 mb per gb.

DO NOT select a Quick format
The default Full format is slower, but it is very good at detecting previously un-detected bad sectors, and marking them so they are not used by the operating system.

Then when Setup has finished, you can then go to Disk Management in Windows, and create, software partition (e.g. make it NTFS), and format whatever other partitions you want there.

Control Panel - Classic View - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

RIGHT click on the "Unallocated" space on the drive.
Select New Partition.
The New Partition Wizard pops up
Primary partition
specify the size you want the second partition to be - 1,024mb per gb
Accept assigning the default drive letter, or specify another one that's avalable.
(You can change the drive letter in Disk Mangement at any time of any partition or drive, other than the one for the partition Windows was booted from, but sometimes you need to assign a different drive letter to something else, temporarily or permanently, to make the drive letter you want to use available.)
Accept the default File system (the software partitioning type) and Allocation unit size, or if the partition is smaller than 32gb (32,768mb), you can choose FAT32 as the File system.

DO NOT select Perform a Quick format.
The default Full format is slower, but it is very good at detecting previously un-detected bad sectors, and marking them so they are not used by the operating system.

Repeat for the other partitions.

You are allowed to have a total of 4 Primary Partitions.

If you want more than 4 partitions on the drive....

search Xp's Help and Support for: partition or logical drive

( You can make an Extended partition and have more than one Logical partition within the Extended partition. )

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February 20, 2010 at 14:55:17
I boot to a live linux cd with gparted but I also own partition magic.

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February 21, 2010 at 09:33:04
Thanks 'Tubesandwires'. I used your suggestion. The problem is solved.

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February 21, 2010 at 16:04:03
We're glad to hear you solved your problem !

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

If your XP CD does not have SP3 updates included, the best time to load them is right after you have installed Windows from scratch, before you have loaded a lot of other software, because you're unlikely to have any problems while installing the SP3 updates, or any problems after they have been installed, in that case.
Don't install anti-malware software before you install the SP3 updates, especially Norton / Symantec products.
It's perfectly safe to access the web before you have anti-malware software installed, for the site for your mboard manufacturer's or brand name system's web site, and the major main chipset maker's web sites, so that you can get drivers, and to access the Microsoft Update page on the Microsoft site to have it Express search for the updates manually - however, don't randomly search for anything on the web until you HAVE installed anti-malware software .
If your CD has SP2 updates included, you only have to install a few things there at the Microsoft Updates page, then the only thing listed is the SP3 updates.
If your CD has SP1 updates included, or no SP updates included, you have to install more things there, and possibly have to go there several times, THEN the only thing listed is the SP3 updates.
After the SP3 updates have been installed, you can have it Express search for more updates there, or just let Automatic Update do that that gradually..

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