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Topic # 8450 30-Jun-2006 17:41
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Hi Could any one tell me in reletivly simple terms how to format my 40gb hdd for Vista and XP without deleting my files? Thanks

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Reply # 40231 30-Jun-2006 19:03
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Formatting a drive will erase all the files on it.
You may be able to repartition it though, how much space is used?


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Reply # 40232 30-Jun-2006 19:20
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You will need to make two partitions for xp and vista. PartitionMagic can do this for you. Make sure that vista partition is at least 20gbs.

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  Reply # 40233 30-Jun-2006 19:45
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Trying to repartition a drive with files and OS on it is always risky - particularly if you want to set up a dual boot system.

IMHO if you don't have a spare HDD I wouldn't bother attempting it (especially with Vista) unless you can afford to lose everything on your drive.

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Reply # 40239 30-Jun-2006 21:13
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If you are going to use Vista you want at least 40Gb for it.

I have safely partitioned my XP drive so i could use earlier versions of Vista. But you should never run a beta OS on your main PC unless you have a seperate HDD for it or are willing to lose everything.

Also, you will never be able to run Vista on only 256Mb RAM. Waste of time IMO

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