Say you've got a nice new machine, with a 100gb hard disk, efficiently running Windows XP, but what if, for one reason or another, you want to split that hard disk into multiple partitions. What are some of the reasons you would want to create multiple partitions? Well, how about a separate drive for your paging file, to aid system performance, a separate drive for all your media / photo's / movies, or, a separate drive, to run another operating system, in a dual boot environment. Sound good? How can you do it in XP? Well, it's not the easiest thing to do...
Well, looking at the first one - it's abit of a hassle, and what if you already have alot of work on there? You will need to back it all up etc, taking valuable time and effort. This is obviously assuming that you have the DVD of XP. The second method would provide you with a feature-rich application, but, it's not free, and if you are only to use it once or twice, maybe the cost isn't quite justified.
So, how does this all change with Vista?
Well, although not as full featured as some third party partition management applications, in the Disk-Management snap-in, pictured below, users can shrink, extend, create, and format partitions. The new resizing features will allow users to shrink a single partition with unused space, and then create a new partition in the resulting free space, as well as extending a current partition if there is available free space after it.
Compare this with the options you have in XP:
And you can see the number of features has increased a great deal.
So, you've installed Vista, on your single-partition, but you've decided that you'd like to create another couple of partitions, one for your media, and one for your other data, keeping just your system files on the current partition. All you have to do is click Shrink Volume, enter the details...
and your unallocated space is created, where you can subsequently create your new volume with the New Volume Wizard, allocating size and choosing drive letter, or, you can extend an already existing volume. You can split this space again, and again, to create your required partitions.
I think you'll agree, with the new enhancements to Windows Vista Disk Management, the wizard-driven shrinking and extending partitions is now easily accomplished. As always, when making changing to the partition structure, users should ensure that all important files and data are backed up.
OK, so you've done the partition and installed XP. Now, seeing as you've installed XP over Vista, you'll have modified the Master Boot Record to show the options at boot, of which XP is the only one showing - what you need to do is somehow update the MBR.
The easiest way to do this would be to use the Vista DVD (If you have one?) and boot from it, and select 'Repair My Computer' and this will fix it for you, but if you don't have the DVD, try this.
Boot to XP, install EasyBCD, Run EasyBCD, click Manage Bootloader. Select Reinstall the Vista Bootloader, then click write. Reboot and it should boot into Vista. From there you can install and run EasyBCD. Click ADD/Remove Entries, and add an entry for XP and save it. That should be it.
You should then, on boot, be prompted for a choice between XP and Vista.
Hope that helps,
Thx for your reply.
After installing xp i installed vista bootloader and tried resrarting PC in xp , but getting following erroe message"
Window fail to start, arecent hardware or software change might be cause. to fix the problem reinstall xp..
file : \ntldr
status : Oxc000000f
After several reinsatllation attemp. no help
So, you've booted to XP, installed EasyBCD, Reinstalled the Vista Bootloader, then clicked write?
Then, have you booted into Vista, not XP, and installed and run EasyBCD. Clicked ADD/Remove Entries, and added an entry for XP and saved it?
If you've missed this step, chances are, XP won't boot - you need to make sure you've done this step.
Let me know!
Zafar, you can also try installing this in Vista: http://www.vistabootpro.org/ and use this tool to create the correct boot information for both partitions.
THx for reply.
This is whatstep is took after booting from XP first time.
Open VistaBootPRO, ignored the prompt to backup your BCD. Gone to the System Bootloader tab, selected "Windows Vista Bootloader" in the first section and "All Drives" in the second section and then clicked Install Bootloader .
Next, gone to the Diagnostics item on the menu bar and select "Run Diagnostics".
In VistaBootPRO the Manage OS Entries page I see that saw there
Then click exit and restated clompuer, did see boot option for all above three.
But when i selected XP it is giving that error"
Have you booted into Vista and then run VistaBootPro? This has to be done in order it to work.
Let me know when you've tried this.
I have a Dell with Vista Home Premium installed by the manufacturer and would like to install XP as well. Is this possible? I have read you have to install the older OS first.
OK - it's a little more difficult than installing Vista after XP, and there is no official supported procedure, but there are a few resources around the web to help you. Here is one:
It really is your own risk on this one, but if you follow instructions closely, you should be ok.
That sounds pretty risky. I better tell you my basic problem. I want to install XP because I just transfered to a Dell with Vista and my printer, a HP LaserJet 1012, dosn't have a Vista driver released yet. I looked at the website and everything. Do you know of a way to obtain a Vista driver for devices without one released by the manufacturer? Or, is there a driver on the web that you recomend?
Admittedly, it is a little risky. Don't ask me how I found it, but just have a look at the first review here:
You'll hopefully be pleasently suprised :-)
I tried it, and it didn't work.
Thanks for all the help.
Try here: http://computerhaven.info/forum/tm.aspx?m=56253
Look at post 6, by ComputerGuy.
I tried, and it got stuck again. I figured out a way to work around the problem by e-mailing files to myself and accessing the e-mail from another computer. Time consuming, yes, but it is reliable.
Thanks for all your help.
I have a Vista - god help me!!
Trying to defrag bloody thing and after 8 hours it was still running - so I cancelled it in the end - got fed up.
Lots of people had the same problem.
Why? Help!!! Anyone? !
I'm suprised it's taking so long - perhaps you should try this one: http://www.auslogics.com/disk-defrag/ - it uses the Vista Defrag Engine, but will show you how long it's going to take.