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how do i partition my hard drive without using "SUBST"?
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by:kwallace01
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by:xraul
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 If you want to partition your drive without having any problems you must try some of this:
    Partition Magic  - is for DOS  
    Partition It         - is for Windows

  If you are interessed, send me an email to "xraul@hotmail.com"
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by:rbr
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Why do you need subst for a partition? What is actually your problem?
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by:kwallace01
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I would like to know how WITHOUT e-mailing. I would like to know how from Experts Exchange. (BTW rbr, I dont have a problem, just want to partition and dont know how to)
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by:cmcgee
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Try using Fdisk from a dos prompt.

Choose Option 3 to delete a Partition.

Craig
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by:vikiing
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Keep in mind SUBST command DOES NOT create any partition at all; it simply assigns a letter to a specific path, as if it were really a new drive.

When you do

     SUBST  Z:  C:\SOMEDIR

you're assigning letter Z: as a synonym for C:\SOMEDIR

But that's not a partition.

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by:kwallace01
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it says there is not enough space and i have more than 500MB of free space.

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by:cmcgee
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What exactly are you trying to do or accomplish? I believe we may have a misunderstanding of what you are trying to achieve.

Repartitioning your hard disk involves:
 
    - Deleting any non-DOS partitions
    - Deleting the logical drives in the extended DOS partition, if
      your system has any
    - Deleting the extended DOS partition, if your system has one
    - Deleting any primary DOS partitions
    - Creating a new primary DOS partition
    - Specifying the maximum disk size for the partition, and making
      the partition active


The SUBST command can be used to substitute a drive letter for a directory, like what viking stated earlier.
I have use this command to make a directory appear as a drive letter (In order to play a game without using the CD). I no longer use that command and rather use VirtualCD or FakeCD.


Craig
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simonet earned 30 total points
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First of all, SUBST does not partition your HD. It simply creates an alias (a nickname) for any directory you want.

If you want to partition your harddrive without compromising any existin data on it, the best tool available is FIPS, that runs under DOS. It's *FREE* and does a great job. It really lets you create partition you HD without any data loss.

You can download FIPS from:

http://metalab.unc.edu/pub/Linux/distributions/redhat/dos/fips11.zip

Be sure to read the enclosed documentation before proceeding.

Yours,

Alex
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