Split Netbook/notebook hard disk partition
Today netbook/notebook hard disk storage are massive. However, the manufacturer are getting lazy. They put the default Windows Operating system into single partition.
Unlike Linux/Unix system that run a slightly different file system, Windows has the tendency become clutter. The “defragmentation” works must run from time to time to arrange all the clutter data or the user will risk file corruption.
In addition, a smaller Windows partition allow user backup the whole windows OS for ease of recovery.
To split the Windows XP NTFS partition, no many free tools available. After I try suggestion on <a href=”http://gparted.sourceforge.net/”>Gparted</a>, conclusion is made : don’t use it unless you already install linux boot loader. This is hard lessons I learn after I split partition on 2 netbook using gparted and fail, because NTFS file system keep revert back to same partition size.
For the time being, I will suggest <a href=”http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd”> Hiren Boot CD </a> which work for the time being. Nevertheless, Hiren boot cd include many –ahem– commercial tools , which is handy for emergency recovery.
<a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ntfsresize”> NTFS resize</a> worth a try . Together with bootable livecd or USB OS, this should be a handy free tools to split partitions.