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You will have to use third party software to accomplish that task.
There are several options out there, but in the end it comes down to the question how much you are willing to pay for it.
Two excellent options are
1. Partition Magic (from Symantec). Cost about 70$
2. gparted (sourceforge). GPL = free.

I personally prefer gparted, because I'm not using these programs too often to justify the expense.

At any rate: this is something you want to be careful about and it is ALWAYS possible, that the installation on your harddrive goes south and you have to reinstall your operating system.
So:

  1. Make a backup of all important files. (If you want to be really careful, use a program like "Acronis True Image" to create a copy of your existing harddrive. You can download a 15-day trial here.)
  2. Get a keyfinder program (here) and save your installation keys.
  3. Check your backup again!
  • Your Documents?
  • Your emails?
  • Pictures?
  • Music?
  • Anything else you have stored on your harddrive?

Although I never had a problem, you want to be prepared.
Read the documentation and manual page before you start.
If you can, do this with a friend or have at least another computer nearby for internet access, in case you need to find information.

In the end, I always find it satisfying and I hope so will you.

Enjoy!

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To resize a partition with Windows Vista, follow these steps: Be sure to back up any valuable information, because there is a slight chance that data can be lost when dealing with partitions.
1) Click on the Start menu
2) Right click on Computer and click on Manage
3) You may get a User Account Control dialog here; just click Continue
4) In the left pane, open up the Storage category and click on Disk Management
5) Here, you will find your partitions for your disks. Right click on the partition you’d like to modify.
6) Click on Extend Volume or Shrink Volume to extend or shrink the selected partition.

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    8. Now right click on the free space and click on New Simple Volume.

    9. Select size amount Click on Next

    10. assign drive letter Click on Next

    11. Select format this volume Click on Next

    12. Click on Finish

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