How to resize the primary partition on XP

There is good news and bad news when it comes to resizing the primary partition of a hard drive with Windows XP operating system. The good news is you can do it for free. The bad news is that the operating system doesn’t have software that allows you to simply resize a primary partition, so you may have to copy all your important documents to an external drive, reinstall Windows XP, and copy your documents back to the primary partition, along with any software you want reinstalled. Things You’ll Need
Windows XP operating system disks
External hard drive with enough space for your documents, photos and data
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Copy everything you want to keep on your computer to an external hard drive. This is a good thing to do frequently even if you are not preparing to reinstall your operating system.

Make sure you also have copies of installation disks for all important programs, as well as drivers for your peripheral devices such as cameras, printers, and scanners. You may need to visit the manufacturer’s website and download them to your external hard drive.

Insert the Windows XP CD and restart your computer. Hit “Esc” to bypass the repair process. You will be asked if you want to create or delete a partition. Hit “D” to delete the existing partition. Confirm by pressing the “L” key.

Create one or more new partitions with the “C” key and specify the size of each partition. Follow the instructions on the screen. You will be asked what type of file system you would like on your primary partition, which contains your operating system. Most computers running Windows XP will do just fine with an NTFS file system.

Follow the remaining installation instructions, and remove the Windows XP disk from your drive when finished. Right-click on “My Computer” and select “Properties” to make sure your disk partition was created correctly.

reinstall all necessary software and drivers . Copy your important files from external hard drive.

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