Resizing partitions in XP

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours re-partitioning my second hard disk. A simple task in Windows XP.

When I say re-partitioning I mean exactly that: none of this dynamic re-partitioning nonsense, like trying to resize your living room and dining room, with all your furniture still in it and while having a dinner party. No! I like to back-up, then delete the partitions and start over.

XP allows you to do this in Admin Tools: click – delete – click – as required – click – new partition – click – what size – click – format. Marvellous.

Why? I’d run out of space for my MP3s. I love my MP3 WinAmp-powered jukebox. 16 GB of MP3s, stick it on random and Hey! I’ve got Radio Saunders! Every track a favourite, and no interruptions from DJs. I only had 500 MB left on my 20 GB partition. So I’ve now got a new 36 GB partition for MP3s, and Videos have moved into the old MP3 home.

I also made sure that the new partitions were NTFS, rather than FAT32, which is what they were before, as 10 GB partitions… but remember, FAT32 can’t work with partitions over 32 GB.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.