I bought a new notebook with one partition and windows preinstalled. How do I create new partitions?

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QUESTION :

I have a 500GB hard disk. I want to split it up into a 200GB C and 300GB D rive. I want to put all my data on D partition so I can restore windows to C if some =thing goes wrong without losing any data on D. How can I do this?

ANSWER :

Windows 7 has a built in shrink partition feature in disk management. You can then format the non windows partitioned space as you wish.

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I would say Partition Magic is a good option for you. Even though Symantec no longer offers it, you might get it from somewhere else.

Parted Magic is able to do partition resizing. You can then use the built in Windows backup utility (assuming Vista or 7) to backup whatever data you wish. Or, you can use a disk imaging tool like Clonezilla to create an image of the C partition, which is handy if you desire to restore to a blank slate or a predefined configuration.

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