28th July 2002
I have two hard drives, my main one is 80gb and has my XP on it.
I have a second hard drive, that is storage only, its 160. Is there a way i can partition part of that 160 drive, say 40gb so i can test Vista on it?
Here is the important part, is there a way i can then convert that partition when im done back into its original format (storage) without losing any of my data i have on there right now?
in case you didnt see, M$ is releasing 100,000 Pre-RC1 (Build 5536) downloads for testing by the public
Yes, but you need a 3rd party program such as Norton Partitionmagic which can resize partitions. The Windows utility can pretty much only delete and create. I don't know of any free ones, but having said that the disk tools included with most Linux distributions can do it...and most of them are free.
Something on the Ultimate Boot CD may be able to do it, but I don't know.
BsArchaon, where can I get a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD?
I had a quick browse through the site and it seemed Ranish should do the resizing and just about anything else that you'll need. It's under the Partition Tools section of the UBCD. Info at http://www.ranish.com/part/ ; download of the UBCD is available from the main site at the start of my post.
Nice tool sir, rep awarded.
One quick question though. Does the ZIP file contain the bootable ISO? Or would I have to burn an exe on to a CD and make it bootable?
Errrr, last I looked a number of the mirrors actually offered the ISO file for download. Seems they don't anymore. Well anyway, the ZIP files contain the ISO. Not sure what the EXE files are for, perhaps it's just a glorified ZIP to save a bit of space and bandwidth for Windows users and will put the ISO somewhere on your computer. By the sound of it, it's a 7zip self extracting archive, rather than a 'proper' executable installer/program.
I'd just go for the Full 158mb ZIP version (the 4th table on the page where it says "Mirrors (UBCD Full)", instead of the 3rd which is the Basic version). If I'm right about the exe it'll only save 11mb, if I'm wrong you have to download it again or mess with it. :p
That's exactly what I did, and it works a charm.
9th May 2006
Stalker, do you already have any partitions on your 160gb drive? If you don't and if you make a new partition for Vista then it'll delete any data you have in that space to make room for the new partition.
So yeah in that case, you won't be able to convert back and still have your original data there, unless you make backups or something.
28th July 2002
There are no partitions on the 160 yet, its just plain storage. I may just partition a small portion of my 80gb for vista if doing it on the 160 turns out to be troublesome
28th July 2002
it was a 2.58gb download (only took 10 minutes :D ), not sure what it is all uninstalled though