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Disk Partitioning on Windows XP

Hi,

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)

Thanks,

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  • Shobhit Dec 21, 2007

    Thanks nkprl,

    But Partiton Magic
    is quite costly....
    Any thing else available for cheap/free? OR just a step-by-step process will do without any software...

    Thanks

  • marlonr6 Jun 01, 2008

    i tried to create new partition but as i hit add/remove prog. i can not see the start up disk so that i can proceed to create disk

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Download partiton magic and the procedure is very simple without loosing any data

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