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Old 04-11-2010, 08:39 PM   #1
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I probably already know the answer, but I want to ask just in case I'm wrong. Am I able to change the partitions on my drive without loosing any data, or do I have to start over from scratch, delete the partition, and then create the ones I want? I want to install Linux on my laptop, but don't want to get rid of XP just in case I don't like Linux. I loaded the Linux disk, but it told me that it was going to erase the drive. I would like to divide my drive in half, one side for XP, and the other for Linux. I would like a dual boot system where I have a choice.

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There is always the risk of losing data when changing partitions, but it's usually pretty safe.
I'd recommend having an image of the drive so you can restore things easily if things do go wrong.

Partitioning Software:

Free:
EASEUS Partition Master
Gparted Live CD
Partition Logic
Commercial:
Acronis Disk Director

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart
Includes links to both free and commercial versions

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Commercial:
Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost
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There is always the risk of losing data when changing partitions, but it's usually pretty safe.
I'd recommend having an image of the drive so you can restore things easily if things do go wrong.

Partitioning Software:

Free:
EASEUS Partition Master
Gparted Live CD
Partition Logic
Commercial:
Acronis Disk Director

Imaging Software
Wikipedia Comparison Chart
Includes links to both free and commercial versions

Free:
Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Commercial:
Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost
Thanks,

There's really nothing on it that I need to save, I just didn't want to use up another install on my XP.

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