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    I'm one of those computaters that knows just enough to be dangerous. I'll usually try anything after reading up on it, but I'm thinking of trying something I have NO clue about. To keep it short, I'll just explain what I'm seeking, what I plan on using to acheive it, stats for my system.
    #1-I would like to have 2, PERHAPS 3, partitons on my HD. 1 big one for long-term storage of big programs, infreq. accessed programs, Restore files, etc. Iwould like to have this part used as seldom as possible until I actually call upon it.
    #2-A small partition reserved for commonly used programs(antivirus, SETI, page file/virtual memory, "necessary" files, etc.
    I PLAN on using Paragon Hard Disk Manager, since I already have it, but my mind can be changed if there's something easier, better, & FREE. I don't want or require anything fancy or difficult, remember, I'm clueless. I just want 2 partitions.
    I have read the HUGE manual of Paragon. It's just a little to "technish" for me.
    I don't want ANY of the above if it's very tricky or dangerous. Not really care about loosing data, I can replace that, just don't want to loose HD!!
    Can anyone guide me through this process, OR give me a link to a Newbie part. guide. It would be VERY much appeciated. THX in advance.

    The Dog

    eMachine W2247
    40G Ultra AT100
    384M RAM DDR PC2100
    WinXP-H

    Oh yeah, last thing, you can probaly see what I'm trying to achieve. The small (#2) part. will be my "operating" stuff, while the big (#1) part will only be accessed for retreival & storage. Is this possible, viable, wise, & will it even work?

    THX again.: peace2: : peace2: : peace2: : peace2: : peace2: : peace2:
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    Its possible.
    Heres what I do, I create a main use partiton, about 10gigs, than my Porn/MP3 partition (40gigs ) and have one more 2gig partition for Ghost. the last one is FAT32. After installing my XP and tweaks, I just Ghost it onto the spare 2gig. That way something goes haywire, I dont have to mess around too much to get it back in order.

    You really dont need any special tool to do it, as XP will allow you to do it.
    all you do is right click on MyComputer than click Manage. Under Storage go to Disk Management. There you can play with the partitions. :thumb:

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    I didn't know WinXP had that deal. See, I told you I was clueless. I can still think of 1 big question though. I will go ahead & start studying this that you told me about & may figure it out myself. But I'll go ahead & put it in here just in case.
    Although I said i didn't mind loosing data, I would rather NOT if I can get around it. When I do this, will I need to reload everything, or will it allow me to put the partition in a certain place where no data is yet, or allow me to move stuff into the big one afterwards, or will it probaly screw everything up?
    Lastly, would it be easier & better if I defrag. first?
    Thanks for help.
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    Well, you could try PartitionMagic which is supposedly able to move partitions without loosing data. Ive never tried to do this, so I have no imput on that.

    BUT you still would have to reinstall windows, which means you would have to reinstall programs. So I just would backup what ya need, download latest patches/drivers and wipe the drive clean, and go from there.

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    That's what I figured. THX. If I screw up, I'll repost in here.
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