Adding a partition in Windows XP

Posted on 2005-05-13
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
When I installed XP on my hard drive, I only used 10 Gigs out of my 80 Gig hard drive, thinking that I could add partitions later and now I am having troubles adding the partitions? Does anybody have any ideas how I can do this with XP and not having to buy any other software? In the older OS versions you were able to use FDISK and format and with XP this is not possible. So if someone out there has run into this problem, please let me know? Thanks!  Jim
Question by:MrMacPCMan
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    I understand you right, you only want to create another partition?

    Then goto Control panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management, then select 'disk management' (or something like that)

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    Did you allocate the totle 80G to c: partition ? if so, your only way to change partiton setting without 3rd party software is to format your HD ( since you will lose all your data by doing this,backup your important file and data before it ). Then use your WinXP CD to boot your computer, do installaiton again, during the installation, you will be prompted to set your partitions.

    BTW, I personally recommend you to use a 3rd party software such as PowerQuest Partition Magic, it's a powerful tool that can change your partitions setting with your data and file unchanged.
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    If you just leave the space above 10G free, then you can do as JBlond suggested
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    two choices>>
    Open Computer Management (Local).
     In the console tree, click Computer Management (Local), click Storage, and then click Disk Management.
     Right-click an unallocated region of a basic disk, and then click New Partition, or right-click free space in an extended partition, and then click New Logical Drive.
     In the New Partition wizard, click Next, click Primary partition, Extended partition, or Logical drive, and then follow the instructions on your screen.
    second choice>
    To perform this procedure on a local computer, you must be an  Administrator
    To extend a basic volume, it must either not be formatted with a file system or it must be formatted with the NTFS file system.
    • You can only extend a basic volume onto the same disk.
    • You can only extend a basic volume if it is followed by contiguous unallocated space.
    Open Command Prompt.
    from run button type in cmd press enter to open cmd prompt
     Type: diskpart

     At the DISKPART prompt, type: list volume

    Make note of the number of the basic volume you want to extend.
     At the DISKPART prompt, type: select volume n
    Selects the basic volume, n, you want to extend into contiguous, empty space on the same disk.
     At the DISKPART prompt, type: extend [size=n]

    Extends the selected volume by size=n megabytes (MB).


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