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I have been using my 1.2 GB hard drive, which has never been partitioned, for the last 2 years.  Should it be partitioned, and if so, why?

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Partitioning is a way for the operating system to determine a boot drive and to set up a file system. If you have been using it, it has a partition on it. You partition drives using the DOS utility FDISK (Win95 or 98 verion if you plan to use Win95/98). You can run it from a DOS box to see what it looks like, just don't make any changes (only view paritiion information and drive letter info). If you use FDISK to delete and repartition, it wipes the hardrive. You really need to know what you are doing to prevent disasterous data loss.

After you have all your data off your old hardrive, you can use FDISK to 1) delete any extended logical drives, 2) delete the extended logical partition, 3) delete the primary partition 4) recreate a primary partition (or extended logical partition if you are only going to be using it as a 2nd drive and some logical drives). When you reboot (to your new hardrive I hope) you will have drive letters that aren't formatted, so you will right click on them and format. If you created an extended partition only then all these new letters will be at the end. If you created a primary partition then it will follow any primary partitions on the master drive, but come before any extended partitions on the master drive.

If you are only going to boot 1 operation system (i.e. Win 95) then you should only have 1 primary partion in your whole system, and that must be on the master IDE disk.
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Angmar,

Thanks for all your help.

Plago
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