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    partition problem (XP Pro)

    My son set up his new system and installed XP. No problems except:
    He made a 30 gig partition for the OS, but didn't do anything with the other 90 gigs.
    (It's a WD 120 GIG drive)
    Now only the 30 GIG partition shows up in Windows Explorer.
    What's the best way to make the other 90 GIGS operational?
    Right now it doesn't show up...
    not even in the XP disk mgmt utility.
    I thought I could partition it there, but as it doesn't show up in the "bar graph", I can't right click, "create partition" it.
    The WD Lifeguard utility sees the OS partition and doesn't want to proceed without wiping it out.
    Any help would be appreciated...

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    I use and recommend Partition Magic for this sort of thing. It is one program that you will be glad you spent the money on.
    -Mark

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    There is a free partitioning program available on the cover disk of the PC plus magazine, issue 214 April, 2004. I

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    I've not personally heard of PC Plus, but whether that has anything to do with the large body of water between us I have no idea. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Free is good, but I have to wonder how stable it is? This is one kind of program that you really, really want to work reliably! Nothing beats a good backup when you are looking at changing partitions, though.
    -Mark

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    <hr>...Nothing beats a good backup when you are looking at changing partitions, though... <hr>
    Amen! to that.

    I took a look at the magazine and didn't see any place where it could be downloaded. But I admit I didn't look too hard as soon as I saw the part about the software being an Acronis product. It's in their product line for a "meager" $50 bucks.

    Edited to add: A footnote. Right after I made this post, I lost the functioning of my four arrow keys and the page up/down keys. Since I use ClipMate as my clipboard manager, I'm going to assume that it was a glitch therein and not one of the two links I had just pasted in. Just thought I ought to say this. Rebooting fixed it.

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by skitterbug on 07-Mar-04 10:33. Added a link and another comment about the partition software demo. )</P>As an average user, here is my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth! I thought about getting Partition Magic as I have heard a lot of praises for it BUT......when I purchased the Acronis True Image from the website, they made an offer of the Acronis Partition Expert 2003 (Build287) at a price that I just could not refuse.

    I have since used both products and am very pleased with the ease of use. I haven't tried to actually restore my back up but I can see all of my files just fine when I ran through the paces. I also used the Partition software to resize my two hard drives. I have Win98 on the C partition and had way too much space allocated for no more then I use it so I "gave" it to my D partition which houses Win XP Pro. Then on the second drive, it actually showed some space that had not been formatted and included in the three partitions I had initially set up. So I added that extra space to the partition that I store pictures on without a hitch! I would give this program a <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> IMHO <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    PS: It looks like you could actually try these applications before purchasing them - See this webpage Hummmm- this is what they do say about using the partition software: "Demo-version limitations:* Impossibility to apply changes. So I guess they only want you to be able to see what it looks like and not really try it. Bummer!


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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    Ahhh, welcome to the club, Skitterbug! I almost took them up on their offer when I bought TrueImage, but since I already have the latest from PowerQuest, I resisted. It's good to hear you didn't have any problems using the product. Next time I need, I may not buy PQ again.....

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    Re: partition problem (XP Pro)

    I have a free copy of Acronis PartitionExpert that I got from a PC cover disk. It works really well. I have looked on their web site, but I don't think the free version is available for download.

    StuartR

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