IS there a Free hard disk partition manager

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  1. tvdavid

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    HI

    I have got a copy of vista but want to keep XP as my main OS.
    I would like to make another partition on my hard drive so I can boot into vista but dont know what to do.

    Are there any free partition managers on the internet?
    I tried google but there all ones you need to pay for.
     
  2. DancingJester

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    I use gParted avaliable here.
    Unpack the image onto a cd and then boot from the cd. I just stick to the default settings for when it asked.

    There is a full guide to dual booting xp/vista here.

    Hope it helps :thumbsup:
    PHP:
     
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    Dual booting with Vista is fine but be aware MANY have had issues removing the XP partition when they decided to jump permanently to vista
     
  5. Singh400

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    They have? Not that I've heard of. I'm currently dual booting with XP/Vista. Think I might try removing the XP partition, just to see if it gives me any trouble.

    Should be a straight forward process...

    1) Format the XP partition
    2) Re-install the Vista Bootloader - via the Vista DVD - repair option
    3) Merge the additional partition space with Vista Computer Management.
     
  6. willsy2

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    Or use EasyBCD to do it.
     
  7. Uridium

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    Number 2 is the sticking point for many
     
  8. willsy2

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    I used the repair option to try and rectify some problems i was having and it trashed my system. I had to format and do a fresh install. :(
     
  9. Singh400

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    Bit hard to use that when you can't boot into the OS in the first place lol.

    There is also VistaBootPro. Those tools are ment to be used when setting up a dual boot.
     
  10. tvdavid

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    I am using paragon partition now.
    Seems to have worked OK.
    I reinstalled XP but now can not get in to vista.
     
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    As Singh said above, try booting with the Vista DVD and select 'Repair' from options.

    In which order did you install XP and Vista, and what partitons are they in? Have a look in Computer Mangament/Disk Management if you're not sure.
     
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    Nobody mentioned not being able to boot into it. I meant to use it as part of the process to remove XP.
     

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