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Hello Experts,
I have two drives on my disk: 85% of the Disk is C: and and the rest 15% is D:

I have Windows XP on C: and Windows 7 on D: Is there a way I can move the partition so that both C and D are allotted 50% of the total disk space? I do not wish to lose the existing data on both the drives.

If you have had good experiences with any tools/solutions, request you to suggest the same.
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by:Ram Balachandran
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Partition Magic is one on the best tool for resizing the disk
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BootIT BM is good also. I just used it to shrink a 750gig drive down to 150gig, so I could clone it to a Raptor.

BootIT BM (30 day trial)
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm

Download it, but when you run it, do not install, instead choose Make Disc t make a bootable disc.

BootIT NG is the older version, and isn't as "pretty" as BM, but is free and will still  handle most drives out there:

BootIT NG
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm

Do the same as with BM
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more instructions on haow to use Bootit-BM
you mmust understand that your disk now looks like this : CCCCCDDDDDDD
and in order to be able to move the partitions, and resize it, you need free space, next to the C partition.
so boot from Bootit-BM cd, do not install it, hit cancel
select partition work
select D: and shrink it with the amount you want; now the drive looks like CCCCDDDDFF (wher F represents free space)
now select the D: and select slide - in order to move it to the end of the drive
then it looks like CCCCFFDDDD
now select the C: and resize it
done!
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Boot-It BM is indeed the tool I'd use for this (I'm been recommending this for many years).

Download the free demo [ http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm ];
extract the files;  then run MakeDisk to create a bootable CD (or flash drive).

Boot to the CD; click CANCEL at the first prompt; then OK to enter Maintenance Mode;  and then click on Partition Work.    You'll now see a screen that shows your disk's partitions.   From what you've outlined, you likely only have two partitions -- but you MAY have 3 (more on that in a minute).

Note that the outline above for how to redo the space does NOT match your situation, since you don't want to add space to C:

You indicated the bulk of your disk is C:, with only 15% assigned to D: ... so your disk "looks" like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDD


To do what you've asked, the specific steps you need to do IF you have 2 partitions are as follows:

(1)  Resize C: to the size you want (i.e. 50% of the size of the disk).

After you do that, the disk will look like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDDDDDDDD

... where the x's represent free space


(2)  Slide D: to the left, so the free space is after it.    In Boot-It BM you select Slide, and choose zero free space "before" to do that slide operation.

When that's done, the disk will look like this:

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


(3)  Now simply Resize D: to the maximum available size -- resulting in:

CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Done :-)

If you have 3 partitions -- i.e. a small system-reserved partition "in front of" D:, then after you've resized C:,  you need to Slide that small partition (choosing zero space before it) BEFORE you slide the D: partition => then slide the D: partition (again choosing zero space before it) ... and then doing the resize of D:
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The important question is - will Windows 7 still boot after resize? You need to be sure that suggested tools are capable for updating BootMGR from Windows 7 which is your main OS loader now.
Have a look on this tool: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-personal/
I have been using Hard Disk Manager one but it has the same functionality like this Partition Manager does. Never had problems with it. Also resizing configurations like yours.
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Hello Experts,
thanks all for your comments. I tried easeus, which was really simple and only took minutes to complete. My system boots and works fine. Thanks for the info about Bootit-BM.
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Thank you much.   : )
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