problems with partition.

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by forcer, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. forcer

    forcer OSNN Senior Addict

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    i am about to format my HDD but want to put a little aside to hold backup data.

    i dont really know how to create a partition but i went into dos typed A:/fdisk enabled large disk support went to create a partition and it says i dont have enough space but i do have 9GIG free i then got partition magic tried to create a partition it only allowed about 3GIG and then didnt even create, i clicked apply on tasks pending and then nothing happened after that

    whats the easiest and quickest way to create a partition of around 8GIG that actually works?:huh:
     
  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Under what operating system? 98, ME, 2000, XP?

    You don't need to reformat a drive to create a data only partition on it if you have partition magic or XP. (I don't know about 2000).

    fdisk is useless unless you have 98/ME (and I'm not sure I'd call it any better than useless on 98/ME ).

    Creating a usable disk is three step process.

    1 Install HD and make sure the bios sees it during boot.
    2 Format the disk.
    3 Create the partition(s) / assign drive letters.

    "Disk management" handles the last 2 in Win XP, Fdisk did the job in 98/ME. Fdisk will require you to trash the entire disk to change partitions. XP or partition magic can do it (hopefully) without data loss.

    Partition Magic can do it for both XP and 98/ME, but until you learn partition magic it is not obvious how to use it.

    You probably missed a step when using partition magic so there was no valid change to apply. I suggest reformating and staring from scratch with partition magic.