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How to Resize Partitions on Your Hard drive?
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Although most of us like to keep our data collected by type that is pictures separated from movies and songs separated from all also the PDF’s and other official stuff separated again not many of us are able to do the same as they are too busy to make new folder or can’t partition their drives accordingly. For them it should be a compulsion to read on as it is not that difficult a task and can be done pretty easily with a little bit of help.

How to resize partitions on your hard drive

Let us start by knowing about the hard disk that we are going to partition. A hard disk is the hardware component of a computer where the data can be stored. But since the application data needs to be separated from the general data we need to divide the disk into areas or spaces where the difference can be incorporated. More accurately, is defining a certain area or amount of space on a hard drive, be it 1 or 100% of the drives total capacity which can be used for different purposes. The partition can be further classified as Primary and Secondary.

A partition that is used to start an operating system is known as a primary partition, although you can use primary partitions that don’t contain the operating system. There can be a maximum of 4 primary partitions in a device and any number of extended or secondary partitions. A secondary partition however is a partition that can be sub-divided into logical drives. The ones that we see on our screens most of us have as many primary partitions on our system as the number of drives.

The process of creating an extended partition from the existing primary partitions is the problem that we are dealing with here. You’d think that Disk Management would be capable of resizing the partition. It can’t. In fact, Windows XP doesn’t come with a utility that can perform a right to left (making the partition smaller) resizing operation. XP does ship with a command line utility called Diskpart that can increase (or extend as Microsoft calls it) the size of an existing partition into Unallocated space, but it has many limitations including being limited to left to right resizing operations, making it useless for the task we want to accomplish. So, how do you resize the partition the primary partitions to make it appear as a set of extended partitions with one primary partition. Well, there are two options; one good and one not so good. The methods are listed below.

Method 1 –

Reinstall your OS from a bootable CD and create an install partition that is smaller than the total capacity of the hard drive. Well this method is a pretty dump one considering that you will have to start from scratch to partition your hard disk.

Method 2 –


Use a program for doing the same compatible with your operating system. The best known program of this type is probably PartitionMagic by PowerQuest, although there are many others including PartitionExpert by Acronis and Partition Commander by V Communications. A Google search will turn up many others as well as some free utilities to accomplish the same results. To begin the resizing process, select the partition to be resized and click Resize from the Operations toolbar. You can use the up and down arrows to make the changes or just type in the entry to speed up the process.

Now that you have already partitioned the primary disk you can place your data accordingly and get rid of your data accumulation problem.

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