hard drive partitioning



Jimmy
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.

XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5 GB
"D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive and
possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive for
storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with no
sucess

How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
Partition Magic 8
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"Jimmy" wrote:

| My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
| Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
|
| XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5 GB
| "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive and
| possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive for
| storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with no
| sucess
|
| How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
"Jimmy" <jameswest@prodigy-dot-net.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
news:1uydnWvqG4jXHRPfRVn_vA@giganews.com...
> My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
>
> XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5 GB
> "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive and
> possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive for
> storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with no
> sucess
>
> How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????

It's just as well that WinXP does not offer fdisk.exe - it would
destroy your existing partitions while doing its job!

Acronis Disk Director is another product you could use to
repartition your disk.

Ralph Devlin
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
you could also use disk manager that is built in to xp

"Jimmy" wrote:

> My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
>
> XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5 GB
> "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive and
> possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive for
> storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with no
> sucess
>
> How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????
>
>

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
Does the WinXP disk manager allow you to resize
existing partitions? Non-destructively?


"Ralph Devlin" <RalphDevlin@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0F5309EB-69FE-4A8A-929F-60A25D7AA656@microsoft.com...
> you could also use disk manager that is built in to xp
>
> "Jimmy" wrote:
>
> > My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> > Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
> >
> > XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5 GB
> > "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive and
> > possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive for
> > storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with no
> > sucess
> >
> > How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????
> >
> >

Jimmy
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
> Pegasus (MVP)wrote:
"Jimmy" <jameswest@prodigy-dot-net.no-spam.invalid> wrote in
message
> news:1uydnWvqG4jXHRPfRVn_vA@giganews.com...
> My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
>
> XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5
GB
> "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive
and
> possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive
for
> storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with
no
> sucess
>
> How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????
>
It's just as well that WinXP does not offer fdisk.exe - it would
destroy your existing partitions while doing its job!

Acronis Disk Director is another product you could use to
repartition your disk.[/quote:1354f6d468]

Hypothetically, If I were installing XP on an existing partitioned
hard drive...would it not attempt to install itself onto drive "c" no
matter what size it was??? Therefore why can't I partition the hard
drive before reinstalling the restoration disk????

Jimmy
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
> Carey Frisch [MVP]wrote:
"]Partition Magic 8
> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
>
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
>
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> I have attempted to use Partition magic with other levels of
windows, and have had conflicts with it and defrag and disk
utilities...Is Ver 8 immune to these types of conflicts ????
>
> "Jimmy" wrote:
>
> | My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> | Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
> |
> | XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5
GB
> | "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive
and
> | possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive
for
> | storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with
no
> | sucess
> |
> | How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????

Jimmy
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
> Carey Frisch [MVP]wrote:
"]Partition Magic 8
> http://www.symantec.com/partitionmagic/
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
> Microsoft Newsgroups
>
> Get Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies:
>
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/windowsxp/choose.mspx
>
>
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>
> Am I having this "partitioning" problem
because of the software being preinstalled??? I am understanding,
other information which I have read, that partitioning is actually
controllable within a full version of windows XP??????...I seem to
have read in several other documents, that the partitioning is
accomplished with the "set up" portion of the instillation process
contained on Disk #1 of the XP program ?????
>
> "Jimmy" wrote:
>
> | My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> | Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
> |
> | XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5
GB
> | "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive
and
> | possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive
for
> | storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with
no
> | sucess
> |
> | How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK
?????[color=blue:e5ba8316c6][/color:e5ba8316c6]

Jimmy
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
> Ralph Devlinwrote:
you could also use disk manager that is built in to xp
>
> "Jimmy" wrote:
>
> My new computer came with XP preinstalled. So I do not have any
> Windows Disks. I was only able to create a recovery disk.
>
> XP partitioned my 40 GB hard drive into a 37 gb "C" drive and a 5
GB
> "D" drive. I want a smaller "C" drive and increase the "D" drive
and
> possibly add a small "E" drive. I will be using an external drive
for
> storage. I have attempted to find the "Set up" portion of XP with
no
> sucess
>
> How do I partition, since XP does not offer FDISK ?????
>
>
> I have attempted to use the disk manager...It allowed me to delete
the logical drive "D", But would not allow access to the primary
drive "C"..My guess was because it was active...and I could not
figure out how to inactivate the primary partition.....
>
> [/quote:8378ec973e]

Ron Martell
07-10-2005, 03:16 AM
jameswest@prodigy-dot-net.no-spam.invalid (Jimmy) wrote:


>Hypothetically, If I were installing XP on an existing partitioned
>hard drive...would it not attempt to install itself onto drive "c" no
>matter what size it was??? Therefore why can't I partition the hard
>drive before reinstalling the restoration disk????

If your Windows XP is on a "system recovery" CD provided by the
computer manufacturer then these typically do a total "slash and burn"
operation by deleting all repeat all of the existing partitions on the
hard drive, creating a new single partition, and then putting a clean
copy of the Windows XP factory image onto that partition.

Good luck


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hard drive partitioning