Formatting 3 out of 4 windows partitions, how?

By wyrmwraith
Feb 7, 2008
  1. Yeah as above, want to remove obsolete versions while keeping existing XP home installation. Includes XP and Server2k3 trial, no vista. Was thinking of having a play with gparted on the livecd, any input appreciated. I would like to resize the XP home partition once i reinstall other OS. Cheers.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    How about a bit more explanation and detail about what you want to do, and why?
  3. wyrmwraith

    wyrmwraith TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I installed four /edit seperate operating systems each to their own partitions. Originally i had two hdd with one OS on each. I then thought it would be a good idea to give 3 (an extra OS included)of them 20gb allocations and the rest to "Home edition" partition. Basically i want to free up all the rest of the space and reallocate more to the primary partition (home edition), at the same time install 2k3 and Ubunutu to other smaller partitions. Theres probably an easier way to put it but yeah.

    Home edition
    Server 2k3

    Want to keep Home edition and reinstall 2k3 and Ubuntu on smaller partitions.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Should be Ok with Gparted, but best to back up first (if any data present)
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    Partition Magic is good at this kind of thing;
    shrinking an existing partition w/o loosing data,
    merging adjacent partitions
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I find Partition Magic to be the best myself (but you must pay for this)
  7. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    do a bit of research on partition limits. There can only be 4 primary partitions per drive for instance...much higher limit on extended partitions, but extended partitions have limitations on whether or not they will support a bootable OS. Depending on your motherboard bios there can be upper size limits on partition sizes (earlier than about 2 years ago anyhow)
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I thought is was 3 Primary, but that's just off the top of my head, I haven't searched.
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