Does XP have tha Partition ability that Partition magic has??

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melbo

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I'm looking to Partition my disk for a linux dual boot and I know that somewhere in here, XP should be able to do it. I'm sure that PM uses FDISK in some way...

Any thoughts?

thanks

melbo
 

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You can't partition a disk that already has data on it with Windows Disk Management, if you change an existing partition, you'll lose all the data it contains. A 3rd party solution is the option for partitioning an already running system.
 
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If possible it is generally a lot more reliable and certainly safer to do this from the start. Trying it afterwards, even with programs like Partition Magic carry a certain amount of risk. If there is any important data or configuations you want to keep, you should back them up to a different hard drive than the one you are going to partition. Personally I had a lot of success with doing things like this with PM and other software but always back things up just in case. Figure the one time I don't is when something will go wrong.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I figured that and tonight bought a 120G USB HD. I'm going to back up all imortant data and then try a Format internal, reload XP and create the partitions then.

If the External's fast enough, I may just play with Mandrake10 there.

Thanks again

melbo
 
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