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    Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    I had a friend load my XP for me. I had a 200 GB drive. He partitioned the drive to have 2 100 GB drives. He formatted and loaded one of the partitions to boot to XP. He left the other in the event I might have wanted to toy with another OS. Now I just want to activate the other partition so I can possibly convert VCR tapes and video8 camcorder tapes to DVD for which I have heard I will need a lot of space. (WiIN XP is all I need for an OS)

    How do I get back my partition and 100 GB?

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    With that much drive space, you're liable to be wanting to do "stuff" to your partition(s) on more than one occasion. For that reason, I'd recommend that you get some longer term benefit and buy a copy of Acronis' Disk Director Suite.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    If you just want to create a usable drive using the available free space, without buying more software:
    <UL><LI>Right click on My Computer
    <LI>Choose Manage from the menu
    <LI>Select Disk Management on the left hand pane
    <LI>Look in the right hand pane for the unused disk space
    <LI>Right click this space and choose "Create new Partition" - or something very similar, I don't have any unused space on this PC to check[/list]See <!mskb=309000>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 309000<!/mskb> for more information.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    I'm sure you're correct, Stuart, but one should be aware of the limitations of using XP's disk management, such as inability to modify a partition on the fly. Also, please note the differences in display of my primary hard drive in the attachment. I made this pix from two screenshots to point out the differences in the way XP and Disk Director display a drive, let alone deal with it.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    worked great!
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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    What other things would I do?
    I know the HD is a good size, but I thought 40G was big once.
    After my poor ability to fix anything that goes wrong, I would be afraid of another OS.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    First of all let me say that I'm not trying to be a salesman for Acronis. There are other products similar to this one, such as Partition Magic. You'll get a better feel if you read some of the blurbs in the link in my earlier post. But, using my screenshot from above, you see a layout of the 80 gig hard drive in my brand new Dell computer. The first and third red lines indicate the "control" (i.e. recovery) partitions put there by Dell. I will eventually want to delete those two partitions and expand the size of my "useful" drive space. One can't do that kind of tweaking from within Windows, or at least not very easily, if at all. Also notice the two green spots in the graphic. That's unallocated space that isn't shown in the Windows disk management screen. I don't know why Dell left those SMALL spaces unused and for now I'm ignoring them. But it would seem prudent, for neatness sake if nothing else, to add those spaces to my usable drive area and I can do that quite easily with Disk Director (or Partition Magic, etc.)

    Obviously, you got done what you needed to do, so just keep this genre of software in your thinking in case you have a future need.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    II appreciate your feedback. I just am not sure what other partitions would be used for. My friend suggested I break my 200 GB drive into partitions in case I wanted to use other OS. (I do have a CD of all the Ultima games which was the first reallly fun computer game I used (back in the mid 1980s Ultima 3 Exodus on an Apple 2+) I wanted to eventually try the rest of the series. He said they would have to be run under DOS. That was part of the reason for the partitioning along with what he said about possibly trying LINUX. Now, I don't have the time nor patience for WIN let alone Linux or trying to perform magic with DOS to get sound and a mouse and the game to cooperate. <img src=/S/cooked.gif border=0 alt=cooked width=50 height=46>
    This is a great place for help, though. I got the address from the 9 books book of WIN XP. I could probably find the answers somewhere in the book, but it is HUGE and sometimes I am not very intuitive on finding the place to find the info to fix the problem I have, soooo Askwoody.

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    Re: Partition (WIN XP PRO)

    There are probably as many examples as there are computer users and you've already come up with a couple. I'd bet if you search the Lounge or Google around, you'll find more. One of the more frequently cited examples is that people want to keep the C: drive strictly for Windows, so it's "lean and mean" as some folks put it. I don't (yet) have any partitions on this new machine, but on my other PC I have a partition dedicated to the Windows Swap file so I wouldn't be bothered backing it up or defragging it. Many of us reserve a partition dedicated to user generated data, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and the like just to keep that kind of stuff separated from control files and so on. On my other computer I run virtual machine software to emulate other OSs and kept that in a separate partition as well as a partition for all downloaded software, which is the majority for most of us these days. Only because of my personal choice, I have a partition solely for music files and another for my web domain files. As you can see, one could go on, but obviously NONE of this is necessary. Just so you know it can be done, in case you come up with an idea...

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