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Old 11-26-2019, 11:17 AM   #1
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On a new HP All-in-One, model 24-f0xx,
Windows 10 Home, version 1809,
with a 1 TB hard drive, all of it is the NTFS C drive.
Is there a way to split that into a C and a D drive,
that is, without having to reinstall the OS?
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Old 11-26-2019, 04:49 PM   #3
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Well, thanks for the reply, Corday, but. . . How?

And, I'm right now on a different PC.
That New Win10 All-in-One is in the middle of Resetting, back to original factory condition.
It is re-installing Win10 (for the third time).

I told it to delete all personal files and settings. There were very few, anyway.
So, on a clean PC, HOW to split the drive? What program to use?

I like to think that I'm fairly capable. Been working with computers many years.

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Read here https://www.howtogeek.com/101862/how...ther-software/ read as many times as you need before attempting anything.
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From Joe's instructions, use the 'Shrink Volume' and the 'Create Volume' out of the Unallocated space, although there can't be enough disclaimers to be cautious and ensure your data is backed up.
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Yes, hard drives can be partitioned, where they move your data across to the new partition so Windows knows where to find it.
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Yes, hard drives can be partitioned, where they move your data across to the new partition so Windows knows where to find it.
You really should read all the thread including the answers already given before posting.
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Magnificent ! Thanks very much, Joeten.
That link was all pretty easy to understand and execute.

All is well. You can now go back to your originally scheduled activities.

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Glad it helped.
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Download from the net, freeware partitioning software, install and run. CAREFULLY follow instructions.


AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition works well.


Essentially you need to decide how big the respective partitions will be, then split the original partition accordingly. I would suggest shrinking C:\ to 200 GB and create from the available 800 GB two additional partitions of 600 and 200. The larger of the two would be the main data storage and the smaller used to mirror the C: drive as a quick backup.



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