C Drive=50 GB, want to format it, help

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  1. ashu888ashu888

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    Guys, i knw tat the WIN XP installation needs at the max 7-10 GB for installation, but my C Drive on wich the current XP is installed is 50 GB (not my fault while setting the space during partition creation)

    So i need to delete this partition and make a fresh install of XP on a new C Drive partition of say 10 GB ONLY. (so tat my 40 GB more space is used for other purposes).

    So shud i jus use the Repair Console of WIN XP (while booting from XP CD) and go abt it to delete my C drive partition and create a new partition of 10 GB and install XP on it ?? please tell me wat things i need to take care abt.. ???


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    Nah repair will not do the job, u'll hv to do a fresh installation! Just boot using ur XP CD and at the stage of selecting the partition, delete the C: drive and then create a new partition of 10 GB and select it for installation ;)

    And if u don't want a fresh installation, then simply use Partition magic and then resize the partition :)
     
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    Thanx alot for ur reply bro,

    Will this prevent me from doin a fresh install of XP and also recover my 40 GB of space (from the 50 GB) ??



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    Yes!
    1.) Just install partition magic.
    2.) Set the size of C: drive acc. to ur requirements.
    3.) Then click on APPLY button. It'll ask for restart. Just accept it and it'll resize the C: drive at next reboot.
    4.) After that ur C: drive will be of 10 GB and u'll get free remaining space. So just create another partition of the remaining space ;)
     
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    Thanx :)

    Is the partition magic s/ware from Norton? As i will search from net and d/load it tats y asking the full info of wich company is it from...
     
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    My total C Drive is 50.7 GB,
    Used is: 29.3 GB
    Free is: 21.3 GB

    So will this Partition Magic still recover my 40 GB Space ?? or will I hv to first transfer sum files onto another partition b4 the reduction takes place, coz there must be sum other place where the Partition MAgic will transfer the rest of the files other than OS XP files?? I hope u got wat i mean...
     
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    Yes! If u want to reduce ur current partition to 10 GB, then it must contain data less than 10 GB.
    So u'll hv to move ur data from it to another partition, if possible!

    I'll advise u to first resize it to 30 GB and create another partition of remaining space, then move ur data from C: to new partition. After that when u'll hv less than 10 GB data in C: drive, u can easily resize it again to 10GB ;)
     
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    Thanx a lot, will try tat :)

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    My pleasure!

    But be very careful while resizing the partition ;)
     
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    i've tried the Trial version of Acronis Disk Director for same purpose (C:=32GB), but the trial s/w doesnt do any changes :(.

    ^^ i dunno nothing about command line thing.
    will it show GUI during the partition process...

    P.S. i dont have XP installation CD, i got two Recovery Disks as my XP is OEM (HP Pavilion).
     
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    trail version of partition magic or acronis disk director will NOT resize or create new partition
    try freeware Ranish Partition Manager:(but back up data before it)
     
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    instead of trying OUT all trialwares & messing ur p. table .......

    just DO FRESH INSTALLATION ..... hassel FREE .......

    follow whot @Vishal told U regarding fresh 1 ......... (ie ur 1st reply) ......
     
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    thats where my problem is.

    the Recovery DVD (2 nos.), dont give any option of creating a partition. when restarted with the Recovery DVD in the PC, the re-install option is only ONE, & that involves restoring the HDD to Factory settings.
    in which case C:=70~GB, D:=7GB(recovery partition). & as you noticed all the other drives will be deleted during XP re-install.

    but i used a inbuilt feature to create the present other two partition (F:, K: ), now that CD (which i created using the in-built feature) does not allow to resize the C: drive eventhough i have 12~GB free space in C: drive.:(
     
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    I did a fresh install of XP on a new partition of 14 GB (jus to be on a safer side, i gave it 14 GB of space) now the -=-=-=-= PROBLEM -=-=-=-

    Wen i checked in Control Panel>Administrative tools> Computer Management> Storage> Disk Management, there was approx 36 GB Unallocated space :

    It must hv caused due to my resizing of the original 50 GB space (as in my 1st post), so please tell me wat can i do with this Unallocated space, I tried making it a new partition (Logical Drive), bit there is only one Option of PRIMARY PARTITIN :( now wat??

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    How can i utilise this Unallocated space guys >> :(


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    So what?
    Just create another primary partition of remaining space ;)
     
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    @ Vishal,

    Is that it ?? I mean will this partition work in same way as my other LOGICAL partitions ?? or will it conflict with the Win XP C Drive PRIMARY partition ???


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    Yes! It'll work properly without any problem ;)
     
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    Does Gparted partition without data loss?
    I have a HP PC and the HP recovery CD does not let me partition my HDD.
    IS there any other software(free) that can partition the HDD with no data loss?
     
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