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    2 XP Partition Questions (Home)

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    1) I use my PC as a digital audio workstation; & have a secondary drive dedicated to audio data only. A recent article in Sound-On-Sound magazine described the benefits of partitioning the audio drive so as to have audio files from one's current recording project in a separate partition, arranged around the outside of the disk...which is the fastest portion. The remainder of audio data is then located on the remaining area of the audio drive. They explained that...in Disk Management, for each graphical horizontal window (which represents each disk)...the partitions toward the left of the window are located toward the outside of the disk...moving toward the center of the disk as they move toward the right.

    I broke open my copy of the XP Bible (XP Inside Out, by Bott & Seichert), but couldn't find if this was true...or even how to move files about once a new partition is created.)

    So...I want to create two new partitions on my audio drive...one small & one large, move my current project's files to the small partition & the remainder to the larger partition; & delete the original. I also wanted the smaller partition located at the outside of the disk, for speed.

    Now...the book says to right click in an unallocated section of the drive's graphical window (in Disk Management) to create a new partition...but there is no unallocated space on my audio drive. The entire disk has a gray border around it.

    What am I doing wrong...or what do I need to do first?
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    2) I noticed on my primary disk (0) that I have an EISA configuration of 39 MB at the left (of the window); & the remainder of the disk [C:] is in the form of a System configuration. The System partition is utilizing the NTFS file system, but the EISA partition is utilizing the FAT file system.

    Why is the disk set up this way...& is it acceptable?

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    mark4man
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    Re: 2 XP Partition Questions (Home)

    Regarding your first question, you really need a third-party disk management application, as Windows itself won't really do what you want (need) to do. Many Loungers recommend Symantec PartitionMagic or more recently Acronis Disk Director. With either of these products, you might be in for a pretty long task because of the integrity checking, moving of files and so on. As a matter of fact, it might take more than one pass since you want the SMALLER partition on the left. One suggestion I would make, whichever product you decide to try, be sure you "implement" after each one or two changes. The software makes the onscreen layout immediately look like your instructions, but it holds the actual change-making in queue until you tell it to implement the changes. Don't let too many changes pile up in that queue. Someone here will be happy to guide you along the way when/if you get started. (BTW, I used PM for many years and switched to Acronis Disk Director within the past year when Symantec acquired the PM product.)

    As for your second question, you didn't say - is the machine an OEM manufactured product? If so the manufacturer may have done some special disk configuration that you need to be wary of. Don't do anything to that space until you know for sure what it is!

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    Re: 2 XP Partition Questions (Home)

    BigAlDoc,

    Thanks. Thought it might be something like that (not doable in Windows.)

    It's a Dell Dimension 8250.

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    Re: 2 XP Partition Questions (Home)

    On a Dell system, the small FAT partition is the diagnostic partition. You should leave it alone. If you need to contact Dell for support the technician may want you to boot from that partition and run diagnostics.

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