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Old 04-09-2006, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First is there a way to partition a drive with out having to format it?
Next if there is, Can i install a 2nd instance of XP on that partition?

My wants. I play battlefield 2 which is a good game released too early for its own good. It is very sensitive and tends to eat its self alive if there are other programs running. So i want to create a clean partition with just windows, drivers, and BF2. But i i don't want to have to format my entire drive. I have two 60 gig maxtor drives both have about 25 gigs free. If i have to i can format the other drive, but would that drive allow me to boot from it?

well any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-09-2006, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How is your partition set up. Do you have the first physical drive call C: as the primary partition then the second physical hard drive as extended/logical call D:?
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You can use Fdisk to create another Primary Partition, then set it active and install XP on it. You won't have to format your other XP partition. Then I guess you'll need to edit the bootini file depending on where you put the partition on which physical HD in order to dual boot.
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Try this software http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/U...per_Fdisk.html
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I currently have two physical drives and no partitions. My XP is on C: and my second drive is I: . Willl these programs allow me to add a second bootable version of windows?
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Partition Magic will help you add another OS but you'll have to paid for the software. If you know how to use Fdisk or can find a free utility that you can use to create another primary paritition. That is all you really need.
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Partition Magic let you create the partition without you losing data. use it to make you a 5-10 gig partition just for that game
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Alright thanks alot
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