Partitioning Your Hard Drive While Installing Windows XP

by on February 4, 2006

Q: How do I reinstall Windows XP using only part of the drive space, reserving the rest for win95 and Linux?

A: During the install process of Windows XP you will come across a “partition” screen that will show you your hard drives that are installed and give you some information about them. I suggest viewing “Partitioning A Blank Hard Drive During XP Installation” to see what screens I am talking about.

You will want to split the main drive up into the number of partitions you will want. Just make sure you do not format the other drives as NTSF or windows 95 and Linux wont be able to be installed on them. Also, while it is suggested that you use NTSF for Windows XP you might want to consider not using it so that the other operating systems can access the files on that partition. You will lose some security control when doing this but you will allow the 3 operating systems to be able to share data more easily.

You have another alternative to reinstalling though. Some companies make software that will allow you to repartition your hard drive, this way you do not have to worry about reinstalling windows. Some of them will even help you with your dual booting needs. I have put a small list together below.

Partition Magic has to be the most well known piece of software for making partitions after an operating system has been installed. You can find it for a little bit less money from amazon.com though.

Acronis Disk Director 10.0 is another piece of software that might work for you as well so you might want to take a look at it too.