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Old 01. Oct 2009, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help with partition. I have never done it before.

My cousin has bought a new laptop of HP. Its one of those OEM ones, where they just create two partitions... one C drive, and other small partition for recovery. I find it quite annoying, that they do not provide option to create partitions.

I would like to create more partitions on the C drive, which is about 285 GB.

I have decided on 4 options... Easeus Partition Manager, Partition Home Wizard, PartedMagic, and GParted. Which one would be able to do the job? I have the first two with me... about the other two... which one should I use?

I have read many people vouch for GParted being able to do the job quite well.

Looking forward to some advices .
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Old 01. Oct 2009, 02:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I need some help with partition. I have never done it before.

My cousin has bought a new laptop of HP. Its one of those OEM ones, where they just create two partitions... one C drive, and other small partition for recovery. I find it quite annoying, that they do not provide option to create partitions.

I would like to create more partitions on the C drive, which is about 285 GB.

I have decided on 4 options... Easeus Partition Manager, Partition Home Wizard, PartedMagic, and GParted. Which one would be able to do the job? I have the first two with me... about the other two... which one should I use?

I have read many people vouch for GParted being able to do the job quite well.

Looking forward to some advices .
I've only used Partition magic, okay it's not free and Paragon. Just to give you example if you perhaps don't no, Paragon felt alot like Partition magic. My recommendation would be Paragon. I've used it alot and it got the job done.
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Old 01. Oct 2009, 02:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions. Although I am looking for a freeware solution . Products you suggested are not free? Paragon Partition Manager Express is free, as per CNet.
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If you're running on Windows, both Easeus and Paragon partition managers mentioned in Best Free Partition Managers are doing the job quite well.

First resize the partition C to smaller to create unallocated space, you can then create new partitions from there.

Hope this is of help.
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Thanks for the reply Jojoyee... will try that .

We will be making the recovery DVDs first, as the HP laptop does not come with any CDs at all. Not a good move in my opinion. After making the recovery DVDs, then will try my hands on partitioning the drive.
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We will be making the recovery DVDs first...
Good and safe move.

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the HP laptop does not come with any CDs at all. Not a good move in my opinion...
I thought you mentioned there's a recovery partition
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Ya, Paragon is free. Image the drive just for safety perhaps...
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Yes, there is a recovery partition, but no CDs to accompany with. The other laptop that someone else purchased of Dell, has got CDs with it, of OS, drivers, and other softwares that came with the laptop preinstalled. CDs make it easier.
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Yes, there is a recovery partition, but no CDs to accompany with. The other laptop that someone else purchased of Dell, has got CDs with it, of OS, drivers, and other softwares that came with the laptop preinstalled. CDs make it easier.
Easier but slower
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Yes, but in the case of a hard drive failure, I have the OS and drivers with me on CDs atleast.
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