I have a dell laptop which has only 1 partition - c:\ All my data is on C: (as there is no other drive).
For security of data against disk failures, I want to create another drive (D or E), which will be different from my system drive and I will use it to keep all my data there.
Can I please get a step-by-step process for doing this partitioning, without loosing any of the present data on C: (steps right from backing up the present data, then partitioning, creating a new drive and finally moving all the C: data to the new drive)
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Perform the following steps which dddriver mentioned But deleting partition means that your data will be lost from that volume.Its better take the backup of data otherwise your data get lost. To retrieved your data from deleted partition with the help of partition recovery tools. These tools are absolutely safe on the data in the drive and their only concern
is to get back the lost data without altering the format.
Check your motherboard BIOS specs. I know that Windows XP can see a larger hard drive but some BIOS issues could limit the maximum partition. (My XP box started with a small drive but I added a larger SATA drive later and formated it with the XP disc management software. One caveat: I was using SP3)
To expand your partition, try using a third party partitioning software option. These will often save you from having to reinstall the os (sometimes things go wrong but mostly they are good). I've had good luck with Paragon Partition Manager and Partition Magic (before it was purchased by Symantec).
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (Paragon offers a 30-day free trial of their Partition Manager software; however I am not aware of the limitations of the software.)
I would install XP 1st then Open suse or Ubuntu. When you install either of these linux OS's ensure you install to another partition other than the windows one. Both installation routines will allow you to format the drive to the linux ext2 format and automatically install a boot manager (usually GRUB) which will allow you to select the OS you wish to boot.
Using SATA, there is no Primary/Secondary Master/Slave connection. Each HDD is connected to One port straight.
As for partitioning, you can either use Fdisk or you can boot straight from the Windows CD and create Partitions and load Windows.