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    Possible to partition Hard disk without losing data?

    If I have a windwos installation on my hard drive but have several Gb unused, is it possible to add a partition for this space without wiping my installation?
    And, do all Windows installation CDs come with a partition tool?

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    Thanks very much.

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    Were you able to do this and which tool did you use to accomplish the partitioning without losing data?

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    I have done it before. It was on my remaining Windows machine which is running xp. This is the procedure that I used.

    The first thing that I did was to clean the disk to get rid of temporary files and cache.

    The second thing was to defrag the disk with Auslogics Disk Defrag. It has a function to optimize the disk for fast operation. Part of that process is arranging files so that, where possible, entire programs are organized in a single place on the drive. This function takes longer than a normal defrag so allow time for the process. As a result your data is arranged toward the beginning of the drive, freeing up more room for the new partition. download Auslogics Disk Drfrag.

    Then I used partitioning software to create the new partition.
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    Haha, excellent, an old post, but one I needed to find recently! I agree with Efc, Auslogics is an excellent program and worth the defrag before resize partitions.

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