Partitioning hard drive

Is it possible to partition a hard drive without having to re-install all of the programs and without a third party utility?  In other words once I have Windows 98 installed on an 8 GB hard drive all on one C: drive, can i partition the hard drive using Windows 98 utilities or must I reformat the entire disk and use DOS fdisk?
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critter017Asked:
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1cellCommented:
unless you want to use a third party app like partition magic, you would have to use fdisk which will remove the data frmo any partitions which have to be deleted.  It wil not resize a partition.  My recommendation would be to get partition magic.  It's worth it!
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aidyCommented:
I agree - I had the same situation as you did critter017. I searched for ages for a partition program that was freeware or shareware, as the Windows98 utilities would have wiped my data.  In the end I had to order Partition Magic and I have no regrets - it is very easy and safe to use.
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AwmytieCommented:
Yep, I agree -- Power Quest's Partition Magic is the thing.  BUT--read the documentation carefully as it is quite possible to screw things up.
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compmaniaCommented:
Here is a free one that will do what you want (make a boot floppy then unzip this program onto it, restart booting to the floppy then run the program.
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compmaniaCommented:
Crap, I keep forgeting to include the URL:

http://linkmania.itgo.com/part.html
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1cellCommented:
compmania,  you persist to post comments/answers at this site which are either specifically against what the questioner asked for or completely disregarding of what they might really want!!!  How could you possibly post this as an answer?  You need to curb these actions or go post them on a usenet or news group which might appreciate them.  This site is supposed to be for professional people in the computer industry to help others.  Please act accordingly!
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compmaniaCommented:
WHAT ARE you talking about?
I just posted a program that will do what critter017 wants, it will repartition a drive without formatting.
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1cellCommented:
as will partition magic.  he asked for a non-third party program!  your answer is about as good as any of the other comments.
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compmaniaCommented:
But it is FREE
NOT $60!
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critter017Author Commented:
Sorry, but i have a problem with using freeware that I haven't received other recommendations about.  Has anyone else used the program that compmania suggested?  I was hoping that Microsoft had provided a way to accomplish what I wanted to do.  I was seeking an answer from someone that had done this before.  Evidently, it will take a third party program.
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1cellCommented:
third party definately, even on NT.  I don't know if Windows2000 will have any options for this though.  If you're looking for a third party product, I would say partition magic is the best.  No, it's not free, but it's reliable!  I've never had problems with it.  

Your other option, if you have multiple drives, is to copy the data from one to the other and then partition the first and copy the data back.  Then you could partition the second as you wish as long as you copied ALL the data to the first.  

If you don't have multiple drives, maybe you have a friend with a lot of free disk space.  You could take it to a shop but the price you would pay would be the same as if you just bought Partition Magic!
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compmaniaCommented:
I would give you the download.com review for it but I cannot find it. I don't even remember the name of the software. I just know I tried a few free programs and this is the best one of them.
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compmaniaCommented:
I think I found the program, not very sure but it sounds like it:

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10096-100-914828.html?tag=st.dl.10001_103_1.lst.titledetail
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thammondCommented:
The short answer to your question is NO there is no way to do it with out using "Third Party Software"  However I can save you a few dollars there is a freeware program call "fips".  Fips is similar to fdisk but has the functionality of partion magic etc.  The only difference is fips is a command line program and will require some knowledge of dos command lines.  It works will in this situation.
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