How to re-partition a drive without losing data

Posted on 2004-11-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Windows 2000 OS.
C drive = One local Hard Drive 80GB
No other hard-disk exists on the machine

Is there a way to re-partition this drive so I have a C drive of 40Gb and a D drive of 40Gb etc. Without having to run fdisk and lose the data on my machine.

Basically I want to partition it and not lose the 10GB of data that is on the system.
Question by:Christian_Agard
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    by:Luc Franken
    Hi Christian_Agard,

    Several options listed here: http:Q_20753065.html
    One suggestion... DON'T repartition without a good backup, if it goes wrong, it goes wrong big time.


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    i use this one
    Acronis PartitionExpert 2003 -
    Resize, copy, and move partitions without losing data
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    Accepted Solution

    One of the options given at the link above is

    Having used it, I can highly recommend it. Though trialware, it is fully functional and if you use it
    once only, you won't need to buy it.
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    grrr! Luc's link, that is!
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    by:Wayne Barron
    Let me give you a little in-site on using programs that Format your existing Hard Drive.
    Without doing it through install.

    To start off with.
    Did this computer come with the 80Gig in it?
    If it did, was it already a HUGE 80Gig C:\Drive already?
    If not
    Did you install the 80Gig drive?
    If so, why did you only create a HUGE C:\ Drive partition?

    Back to the issue at hand.

      Using partition programs to repartition yours drives without loosing data.
    Though these programs are good, they are also a Huge headache.
    When they break up your drive into partitions, they scatter all your files all over the
    Entire drive. Rather you use the program to create 2 (or) 5 different Partitions.
    You will have files scattered all over the place, and it is a head ache to find this, when needed.

    Instead of using a program that partitions your drive, why not do this.

    Things needed to perform this operation:
    CDRom Burner Drive.
    several Blank CDRoms.

    Backup your drive onto the CDRoms.
    Backup your Profile:
    ( First enable [Show all files and folders] in: Explorer click on the:
    Tools | Folder Options ' Then click on the [View] tab.
    Then select [Show all files and Folders] & [Display Full Path in address bar] )

    C:\Documents and Settings\Your User Profile\

    You do not need to backup everything in here onto the CD, just the following:
    My Documents

    For Outlook Express Inbox -
    Your User Profile\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities <-- Backup the entire Identities Folder'

    Outlook Express Address Book
    Your User Profile\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book

    Office Outlook Inbox and Folder
    User Profile\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
    Copy all contents from the "Outlook" folder

    If you need to find other items let me know, and I will find them for you,
    As long as they are on my machine.

    As for your programs that are installed.
    When you download a program, where do you save them too?
    This is a key on backing this up. You need to know where they are at.
    Then create folders for each of the programs, for what they are, and move the
    Programs into the folder. and then after they are all categorized, then burn them
    Onto a CD.

    Any other questions, please feel free to ask.

    You can check out this post here. [Accepted Answer]

    Take Care.

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