How do I best create four partitions on my Windows XP Pro SP3/Vista Business SP1?
Posted on 2011-10-17
How do I best create four partitions on my Windows XP Pro SP3/Vista Business SP1? And when I do that, will all four partitions automatically be equally sized?
I will soon do a complete reinstall of my whole computer system because my internal HDD got damaged (have an exactly same HDD that I will install: Samsung HM251 JI on 250 GB).
Before I start I have to decide how many partitions I need and size of each partition. My current configuration on my faulty HDD is this:
C: total 78.1 GB (free 35.8 GB)
D: unformatted, don't know the size
E: unformatted, don't know the size
F: unformatted, don't know the size
So when I install Vista Business SP1 from my original CD-ROM (my laptop came preinstalled with Vista Business SP1, I later changed to Windows XP Pro SP3 and removed Vista), and use the built-in diskpart tool to create these four partitions (C, D, E, F), will each be sized exactly the same size? What's the reason that I now can't view the size of D, E, F? I mean, when I earlier installed Windows XP Pro SP3, I think I could choose size for each partition (although I don't remember what sizes I chose for D, E, F). Do D, E, F have any size now or not?
I will use partition C: for Windows XP Pro SP3, D: for Vista Business SP1, E: for some Linux-distribution and F: for back-up/image of the system.
I posted a question some months ago (What is the easiest and cheapest way to partition my HDD and install a Windows Vista Business?, ID 27286584) that relates to this questions and contains information about using the Vista built-in diskpart tool and command-line parameters for the shrink command. But if the partitions get automatically sized the same size, I think I stay content with that (although, perhaps, it's a bit of waste with diskspace to give a Linux-distribution almost 80 GB).