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26-08-2004, 10:45 PM
FAQ #42 - How to partition using FDISK

Originally written by Chilling_Silence


Firstly, in partitioning with FDISK you WILL LOSE ALL YOUR DATA so perform a full backup before you read any further.

• You will need a boot disk so see the end of FAQ #30 The Registry for links to sites on how to make one.

• Next, re-boot in DOS mode, using your newly created boot disk.

• Once done, type: Fdisk (case iNsEnSiTiVe)

• This will load up FDisk. It might warn you about large drive support, just press "y"
Note: DOS and Windows 95 do not offer large drive support, so their versions of FDisk don't ask about large drive support.
If your disk is using the NTFS File system, it will give another warning, press "y" again.
If you had a second warning, you will need to select "Delete Non-DOS partition".
Otherwise, carry on.

• Select "5" if you are partitioning a secondary disk and choose the disk number that you want to partition, but usually this is just going to be your primary drive.

• We are now going to delete the existing information and then split the drive:

Select "3" - Delete Partition or Logical Drive

Select "1"

Select the partition you want deleted. Press Enter

Now type the drive name eg. Delldisk1
Press "y"

Now Select 1 - Create DOS Partition or Logical DOS Drive
Select 1
It will verify Drive Integrity

Do you wish to use the maximum available size for Primary DOS Partition?
Press "N"
It will verify Drive integrity

Type how big you want it to be, say, 3/4 usually for most purposes, but it is up to you. (Refer to FAQ #43 Multiple Partitions on a hard drive for more information.)
It will say "Primary DOS Partition created, drive letters changed or added"
Press ESC

Press 1 for Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive

Press 2 for Extended Partition
It will verify Drive Integrity

It will come up with largest possible amount, press Enter

Press ESC

Press Enter

Press ESC

You will be in the main menu, you can then press ESC to Quit and then don't forget to restart your PC, THEN FORMAT your newly created partitions.

You will then need to go through and re-setup Windows and restore your back-up.

Congratulations, you have got a partitioned HDD!


For more detailed information on partitioning with FDISK see the Radified FDISK Guide to Hard Drive Partitioning (http://fdisk.radified.com/) pages.


Original FAQ available here (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=23420&message=74197&q=FAQ+%2334#74197).