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Old 05-03-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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I want to create a simple partition on my har drive. I am using Windows XP Pro. I need to shrink my main partition so i can have some space to create my partition. I tried to use Disk Managment but it did not have a option for that. I tried using diskpart.exe but it did not work either. So i want to know if i am doing something wrong. I don't want to use a third part software unless i relly want to. Below is the code i used for the diskpart.exe:

Shrink desired=8000 minimum=4000

so if you can help me that will be great.

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I don't know how to do this from within Windows, but first make ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Shrinking a partition can be very dangerous. BACK UP ALL YOUR FILES BEFORE FOLLOWING ANY DIRECTIONS HERE! I can't stress this enough. I'm just posting this warning in case everyone else here forgets to somehow. You can't be too careful.

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Ya I know what your talking about. I have done this before in my windows vista class at my school. So iknow what i ma doing. But thanks for the warning i have backed up everything already just in case.
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You need to create a new partition from the unused space on your HDD. This should not be difficult to do with a partion manager.Below is a list of partition managers, many free.

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Partitioning Utilities- TSG, "Elvandil"- 1-09

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Free:

Paragon Partition Manager 8.5-- PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
SystemRescueCD
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager

Commercial:

O&O Partition Manager 2 (Vista-compatible)
Paragon Partition Manager
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
Terabyte BootIt NG
Acronis Disk Director
V-Com (Avanquest) Partition Commander
EASEUS Partition Manager
7Tools Partition Manager
Spotmau Partition Genius
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I know how to create a partition. I need to shrink a partition. Plus I don't have any unallocated space on my hard drive.
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If you use any of the a fore mentioned Partition Managers, you will be able to Shrink an existing partition. And create unallocated space to create a new partition. I am most familiar with Partition Magic, Choose Resize.
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Google it, you'll get how to dual-boot, just follow one of those guides.
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Thanks i'll try the software and see what happens.
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Use this one here:

http://ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm

its free and does work.

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