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    Want to Create Partition after Windows XP Installed

    Question: When installing Windows XP, I just partitioned the entire hard disk to one drive, namely partition C. Now this drive seems so chaotic, and I have to spend a lot of time in finding needed files, so does Windows. Therefore, I want to create some new partitions by borrowing free space from the existing drive so that I can save different types of files to different partitions. Nevertheless, I do not have an idea of how to create partition after Windows XP installed, so I asked help on the internet. Is there any good idea?

    In general, if you find the existing partitions are unreasonable, you need to repartition it to meet your further needs. As for the upper issue, the general approach is to shrink partition to release some space first and then create new partitions on the new released unallocated space. However, unlike Windows Vista and the later Windows operating systems, Windows XP snap-in Disk Management doesn’t offer the function "Shrink Volume" to release some space. So, this approach is unavailable if you are using Windows XP.

    Another approach is to delete the partition first and create partition on the hard disk according to your personal need. But please notice that, this approach will cause data loss. Since the target partition is a system partition, you are unable to boot your computer normally once you delete it. Obviously, this approach is unsuitable.

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    You are wondering:

    Is there another way to create partition on Windows XP after system installation without data loss?

    Fortunately, if you own a professional Windows XP partition manager, this issue can be solved easily. So it’s necessary for you to know this program – MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    How to Create Partition after Windows XP Installed

    MiniTool Partition Wizard is a piece of technical software in the field of disk partitioning. Its functions are various, including creating/deleting/formatting/moving/resizing partition, copying disk/partition, file system conversion, disk style conversion, migrating system, partition recovery, and more. You can visit the Help Tutorial to know all of its functions and applications.

    To solve the issue mentioned at the beginning of this post: "how to create partition after Windows XP installed", you can just apply the function "Move/Resize Partition" first to shrink Windows XP partition and release some space. Then you can use the function "Create Partition" to create more partitions as you wish. Luckily, both these two functions are available in the Free Edition.

    In addition, you can visit this post: Partition Magic for Windows XP to learn more about this Windows XP partition manager on condition that you encounter other kinds of partition issues.

    Tip: MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can be used on Windows 10, Windows 8.1/7/Vista/XP 32-bit and 64-bit to manage basic disks.

    Please download and install the Free Edition on your computer to enjoy its powerful functions.

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    Step 1. Open and launch the software to enter the main interface. Then select partition (C:) , click "Move/Resize Partition" from the left operations bar and you will get a pop-out window.
    Step 2. Shrink the size of partition (C:) to the ideal effect by dragging the black arrows according to the directions marked on the following picture and then click "OK" to back to the main interface. You are allowed to preview the shrinking effect on this interface.

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    Step 3. Select the unallocated space and click "Create Partition" on the left operations bar.
    Step 4. On the pop-out window, you are allowed to define the properties of the new partition, such as partition label, file system, drive letter, cluster size, partition size and location, and more. Then, click "OK" to back to the main interface again.


    Step 5. Click "Apply" and you will get a Notice window, which informs you to restart the computer to complete the operation "Resize partition" because drive C: is being used at present. Just press "Restart Now" to reboot the computer.


    Notice! After you restart your computer, you will see a "Partition Wizard – Boot Mode" window. Please don’t turn off your computer when this boot mode is still running. And your computer will automatically reboot after the operation of "Resize partition" is finished.

    See! Even Windows XP snap-in Disk Management doesn’t give you the chance to release space for new partition by shrinking the existed partition, you are still able to create partition after Windows XP installed with the help of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition.

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    There is one more function you should notice – Split Partition. With this function, you can split one partition into two partitions once directly. So, if you want to split partition after Windows XP installed, just try this function.

    Next time, when you want to manage Windows XP partition and disk in an easy and free way, don’t hesitate to use MiniTool Partition Wizard.