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XP Partitions
ad_pellaeon Jan-04-02 09:14 PM
How do you create separate partitions of one disk drive in Windows XP Home? I have tried following the help and support section, however it does not work. Any ideas appreciated.

1. RE: XP Partitions
Kieran Jan-07-02 05:20 AM
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On your reboot ,hit F8 and go to reboot from CD Rom have your XP CD in there go to install fresh copy of XP and it will ask you if you want to use the same partition as before or create new one and there should be 2 already there.

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lbyard Jan-07-02 08:57 PM
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Specifically, what doesn't work? Larry

4. RE: XP Partitions
ad_pellaeon Jan-09-02 04:24 AM
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When I am using the Windows interface, I open computer management, and then I am unable to right click on the basic disk to click on new partition. It is just not there.
When I try to use the MS-DOS prompt, the computer says that the syntax of the command is not correct. I am unable to figure out where I went wrong, as I cannot do it in either the Windows interface or in the DOS prompt.

5. RE: XP Partitions
lbyard Jan-09-02 05:19 PM
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Are you booting to a Win 98 (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/software/windows/startup/startup.htm) or Win Me (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/software/windows/winme/startup/page1.html) Startup floppy when looking at the drive from the MS-DOS prompt? The fdisk thing for XP can done just like it is for Windows 98 (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/buildcom/socka/13.htm). Then use http://duxcw.com/faq/win/xp/clean.htm to install XP. Larry

6. RE: XP Partitions
ad_pellaeon Jan-11-02 00:03 AM
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-Are you booting to a Win 98/ME start-up floppy?
Not that I know of, there is no floppy in the computer drive and XP is the only OS installed (it is the OEM - came with the computer).
-Fdisk and reinstall?
I would do this, except that since I bought this computer from Dell, XP came pre-installed and I only have the XP recovery disks (I don't know if it will do a complete install if the origonal is completely erased)
If it helps, it is a 40 gig drive, and I want to partition it into one 20 gig drive for XP and one 20 gig drive of Linux (I want to learn how to use it).
Thanks for all your help so far.

7. RE: XP Partitions
lbyard Jan-11-02 03:57 PM
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You can't create a new, additional partition if the existing partition on the drive already occupies all of the available space, unless you remove the existing partition or shrink it with a program like Acronis OSSelector (http://www.acronis.com/products/oss50/list.html), Paragon’s Partition Manager (http://www.partition-manager.com/n_pm_main.htm), PowerQuest's Partition Magic (http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic. Larry

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ad_pellaeon Jan-11-02 10:29 PM
In response to message 7
The drive is not full, it has 30 gigs free. I just got it on the 25'th. I would go and get partition software, however I would prefer to do it without having extra software. Thanks.

9. RE: XP Partitions
lbyard Jan-12-02 05:44 PM
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There is a difference between available, unused space in a partition on a drive that has one partition which uses all of the space on drive and a drive which has a partition that does not occupy the entire drive where there is still “free space” (not allocated to a partition) left on the drive in which one create another partition. If your drive has one 40-gig partition (it will be reported—Windows Explorer, right-click the drive, Properties--a little smaller, say 38 gig because formatting, etc. eats-up some space) then there is no free space left to use to create another partition unless the existing partition is shrunk or removed. I would think the recovery CDs would permit a clean install, but do not know that to be a fact. Larry

10. RE: XP Partitions
ad_pellaeon Jan-12-02 07:49 PM
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Thank you for all of your advice (There is only one, full partition).

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