How to partition and make a new drive from C:?

By cj20032005
Jan 23, 2008
  1. Hey everyone,

    I have a question about partitioning the C: drive. The C: drive on my computer is the only one on my hard drive. What I want to know is how to make an E: drive with the C: drive, or how to split it? Ive tried following directions from different places and I cant get the MAKE NEW PARTITION to come up when I right click in disk management. Can you make an E: drive from the C: drive with windows already on the machine? Please any help is much appreciated.

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    When you first installed XP you used all the space for OS you didn't specify leave "blank"
    Now its a start over or leave alone...

    Although there is another way

    Both of these products are licenced and pay for, products
    They will allow for creation of new partition etc

    System Commander
    Partition Magic

    If anyone knows of a free option please post back with its name

    Here is MS guide, that you are not able to use:
    I am posting it for the ones that view this thread, that can.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    gParted is free and will resize your Windows partition for you. From within gParted I would only resize, do not do anything with that free space you are going to gain. Then boot back into Windows and deal with the free space from within Disk Managment.

    This is a risky procedure, as is any time you go playing with partitions, so I'd recommend you have a backup of things you can't afford to lose as well as defragmenting the drive first.
  4. cj20032005

    cj20032005 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 35


    Thanks guys,

    Youve said enough. I thought that was the only way. Im not going to mess with resizing or anything. Just really was asking for reference.

    Thanks again
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