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How To Repartition Your OS Drive In Windows XP

This article is part of Windows XP Backup Strategies For Home Users


 Separating your data from your Operating System is the best way to simplify the backup process. A structured approach allows you to have a place for your OS, a place for your data, and a place for your backups.

   XP does not have the ability to resize (smaller) the partition it is on. For that you'll need a 3rd party partitioning program. I'll cover the use of 2 of the most popular partitioning programs, Acronis Disk Director and Norton Partition Magic (formerly by PowerQuest).


There are 2 very important steps and 1 recommended step before we proceed.

1 - You should defrag your hard drive before going any further. Use your favorite defrag software or the Windows Disk Defragmenter.

2 - You should backup your ENTIRE DRIVE in case something goes wrong.

3 - Optional but recommended. Move your My Documents folder to another drive/partition. If you only have one drive/partition I would suggest you burn this entire folder to CD or transfer it to another computer. Then delete the contents of the My Documents folder before continuing. I do this for 2 reasons. The first is that it keeps the contents of the My Documents safe in case you need to restore your OS drive from backup. The second is that it saves space on the OS partition and can reduce fragmentation. I also highly recommend having 2 drives in a computer if possible. Why? Speed, space, and redundancy.


To move the My Documents folder, right-click on My Documents and choose Properties.


With that done we can proceed.







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