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How to Partition an Operating Windows without Windows boot CD

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    Question: I’m using Windows XP and for sake of data security planning to reparation hard disk in boot mode, but I do not have a Windows bootable CD. Who can tell me how to partition an operating Windows without Windows CD?

    Answer: actually, with Windows bootable CD users can only create partition, delete partition, and format partition, so it is not recommended for partitioning hard disk even if users have one. To partition an operating Windows without Windows CD, users have 2 choices: use system built-in disk management tool and ask third party bootable partition magic for help. The former can help create partition, delete partition, format partition, and change drive letter while the latter is capable of completing almost all partitioning operations without Windows OS, including resize partition, merge partitions, copy partition, convert file system, and so on.

    Among limited bootable partitioning tools, MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD is outstanding due to the following factors: free, easy to use, safe enough, and multifunctional. Please see Partition Wizard bootable CD to get more information about this tool.

    How to Partition an Operating Windows with MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD

    1. Run this bootable partitioning tool to get its main window below:

    minitool partition wizard bootable cd main window

    In the main interface all partitions are shown without drive letter, which is for data security, so users need to select the right partition by considering capacity, used space, unused space, file system and other information. Of course, they can select a partition and click the function “Explore Partition” to see what this partition saves. After users select a partition, lots of feasible functions will be listed on the left pane, and they should choose a suitable one in accordance with actual demands. For example, if they want to extend a partition, they need to take the following operations: select the partition which needs expanding and click “Extend Partition” to get the following interface:

    how to extend partition take free space

    Then, select an unallocated space or existing partition to take free space from and drag the sliding button to decide how much space to take. Then, click “OK” to go back to the main window:

    how to extend partition apply changes

    At last, click “Apply” button to start extending partition.

    If users also want to partition an operating Windows without Windows CD, try using MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD. All data are absolutely safe.