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    Partitioning a system drive

    I am considering partitioning my primary drive (system) with Partition Magic 8 and I would be very grateful if you could answer some very basic questions for me. Despite reading the help menu and PM "book" I am hesitant to go ahead.
    While I have successfully formatted and partitioned my slave drive, which I use for data storage and some program files, using fdisk (NFTS), I want to be sure that I know what I am doing with my primary drive before actually doing so.
    I note the warning in PM that the OS drive should not be split.
    My primary drive is 20GB (FAT32), and I wanted to split it into a partition containing the OS and associated files (drivers, system volume information, recycle bin, Dell etc), and move other files to the second partition on that drive.
    Is this possible without creating disaster?
    My paging file is on the slave drive.

    If it is possible, can I move Program files and My Documents to the new partition on the primary drive?
    Should the second partition be primary or logical?
    I have attached a view of the drive contents and would appreciate your advice on how I could split the contents between the two partitions, if this is feasible.
    I have started this process to make backups and drive imaging more efficient.
    I am most grateful for your patience with such fundamental questions!
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    Dianne Moses
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    Re: Partitioning a system drive

    <hr>My primary drive is 20GB (FAT32), and I wanted to split it into a partition containing the OS and associated files (drivers, system volume information, recycle bin, Dell etc), and move other files to the second partition on that drive. Is this possible without creating disaster?<hr>
    You can split it, certainly. The warning is there because you need room for growth. If you move My Documents and most of your data files elsewhere, you should be fine within a 10GB limit, or less if you take care to ensure that anything new does not land there. You will get better performance out of the FAT32 file system if the partitions using it are 8GB in size or less.

    You will have a recycle bin on each partition unless you configure the drives manually. Check your Recycle Bin properties.
    <hr>If it is possible, can I move Program files and My Documents to the new partition on the primary drive?<hr>
    Yes, you can copy the My Documents folder to the new location and change its location in the Properties option that you get with a right-click of the mouse. Moving your program files is a little different. You would do well to uninstall and reinstall them on the proper drive, else you will be facing registry edits and a whole host of other irritances that you would avoid by simply uninstalling and reinstalling.
    <hr>Should the second partition be primary or logical?<hr>
    It has to be logical; Windows will not boot from a non-primary partition. At the very least, its boot files need to be on the primary partition.

    You might consider just moving your data to the secondary hard drive and leaving your current OS installation alone, also. Data that you create and store is what matters. Operating Systems and programs can always be reinstalled with minimal loss and/or pain.
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    Re: Partitioning a system drive

    Thank you for patiently working through my questions! It has been quite a challenge today with the slow-down in the Lounge but worth persisting when such assistance is "on tap!" It makes me wonder whether you guys ever sleep.....
    Dianne

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    Re: Partitioning a system drive

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    Re: Partitioning a system drive

    The admin team's dedication and generosity in giving their time and expertise are legendary. "Thank you" doesn't seem adequate!

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    Re: Partitioning a system drive

    The threads associated with <post#=273756 >post 273756 </post#> also have valuable information on partitioning.

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