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Old 28. Jan 2014, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Could someone help with 2 questions please?

My PC OS is XP Pro and I am using Gparted to try and create a 2nd partition on my 500 Gb hard drive. There is about 50 Gb used for the OS and data mixed together.

1 Gparted boots up OK and shows my HDD but not the space used and the space free. Any idea what is wrong please?

2 The Gparted instructions say that I should not proceed if there is more than one partition on my HDD already. This first line of the display shows my drive at 468 GB. But there is also another line underneath showing 8Mb unallocated. Is this a partition? Or can I continue?

Many thanks for your help.
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 01:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi

Could someone help with 2 questions please?

My PC OS is XP Pro and I am using Gparted to try and create a 2nd partition on my 500 Gb hard drive. There is about 50 Gb used for the OS and data mixed together.

1 Gparted boots up OK and shows my HDD but not the space used and the space free. Any idea what is wrong please?

2 The Gparted instructions say that I should not proceed if there is more than one partition on my HDD already. This first line of the display shows my drive at 468 GB. But there is also another line underneath showing 8Mb unallocated. Is this a partition? Or can I continue?

Many thanks for your help.
Unallocated 8 MB are disk cache. Don't mind about it. Itís not a partition.

My advice is to stop using gparted and try any other software to see if it helps
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 04:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply - and recommendations for another free partioning software?
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 10:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum .

Did you boot from Gparted live CD?

You can refer to the Gparted manuals for instructions on how to use it. The manual for Gparted Live is here:

http://gparted.org/display-doc.php?n...ed-live-manual

You can find other documentation here:

http://gparted.org/documentation.php

There are some booting tips in the manual which you can read to see if the BIOS has been "prepared" for running Gparted.

You can find other partition managers on this review:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...t-software.htm

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is also getting good reviews, so you can check this one too.

http://www.disk-partition.com/free-p...n-manager.html

Regardless of which partition manager you use, please be advised that you should take backup of your important data on the system, in a safe place... so that if something goes wrong during partition, and the system cannot boot, then atleast your data is safe. Because there is always a certain risk when performing partition on a hard drive with data.
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 11:11 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for your helpful tips.

Yes I booted from the Gparted live CD. The first time the mouse didn't work, but the 2nd time it did. That and the non-appearance of the space/free numbers have made me hesitant to go any further with Gparted.

I have just researched EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition which has some glowing reviews for ease of use and reliability on Cnet.

But (there's always a "but" isn't there?) some people have slammed it for having very persistent adware/malware included. Do you have ant opinion on it?

Thanks again
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 11:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't come across reports of malware in Easeus Partition Master. However, like many other software nowadays, it might be bundled with adware, or bundled third party software, so you need to be careful of that during the installation.

Also, do not download from CNET, as they often wrap the setups with their own downloader, which is kind of an adware in itself. Download from the home site, or other reputed download sites like Softpedia.
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Old 29. Jan 2014, 12:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks again for being so helpful.
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