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    How do I partition my drive?

    The last time I tried to partition my system, my old system(Dell Dimension 8200) I formatted one partition without editing the Master Boot Record to update it of these changes. I think thats what I did wrong although I am not entirely sure of it.
    You see the problems didn't start untill after I decided to install Open Suse over Ubuntu, which I did before updating the boot record of the intended changes I wanted to make.
    ^I'm assuming, but its the only logical conclusion I have come up with thus far.

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    So I physically opened up my (New)computer, and I seem to only have one slot for another Physical disc drive, because I dont really want to screw around with partions, in case, you know, microsoft has installed some boobytrapware in case you try and defect to running anything other OS other than the lastest version of the windows OS. But I can'y find anything to physically screw in another hard disc in the Case. There's an extra SATA, and power cable, but thats it.
    Micro-XP would be ideal for this game:
    Alpine Ski Racing (PC DVD): Amazon.co.uk: PC & Video Games
    The Software says it needs XP support anyway, and according to a quick Google search VMware based, XP mode is just a scam and con.

    I know there are wii base Ski games, but I want something a little more Serious, for my ski games.
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    Im not sure what you are after here. An application that you can look at your hdd and partition it to what your needs are or what.

    Anyway this a good bit of software to use for just that, resizing partions, changing format etc. Easeus Partition Master Home Edition - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com


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    WHAT?!?!?!?!? That is one of the most confusing walls of text I've seen in a while. Is there a point or question somewhere in there other than the title? What are you trying to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkcide666 View Post
    WHAT?!?!?!?!? That is one of the most confusing walls of text I've seen in a while. Is there a point or question somewhere in there other than the title? What are you trying to do?
    Basicly I would Ideally like to partition my System so I can run experiences "Micro-Xp" on one partition, while keeping my Windows & partition in tact.
    So I am looking for advice/a guide/wisdom in this area. :-)

    I dont want to take risks, I took a risk with my Dell Dimension 8200 and I screwed it up. That was my fault though I Didn't know enough about Boot Records and the like, to have a clear Idea of how to Format an Existing Linux Partition to put Open Suse on top.

    I had WindowsXP on my Dell Dimension 8200 then partitioned my Dell Dimensions Drive with Gparted, and put Ubuntu in the other parition, I then had a computer with both WindowsXp, and Ubuntu Linux on two partitions, I could use GRUB to get me both into WindowsXp and Linux. I formatted my Ubuntu Parition, but didn't manually amend the Master Boot Record, because, In all practical senses I did'nt really know what I was doing.
    I'm assuming thats how you do it right?
    Right now, I am not using my Dell Dimension I am using my (new) Nexus PC.

    I want to partition my new comp into a Dual boot with Micro-XP and Windows 7, so I can Play Alpine Racer 2007 on Micro-XP without 500mb of RAM stolen away from me put into background stuff. The game says it only runs on Windows XP anyway. But I dont want it all screwed up. I mean if its too much hasle and is too-too risky to do without messing things up, then I might just put it up there with all those "That would of been a nice idea things" and forget about it.
    Micro-xp image by jewis on Photobucket
    Last edited by magellenproject; 04-14-2011 at 12:57 PM.

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    That program I linked you 2 will split your hdd in 2/3.


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    Quote Originally Posted by narse1979 View Post
    That program I linked you 2 will split your hdd in 2/3.
    I want to be able to update/manually ammend the MBR so I can never fully "brick" my PC, to coin a Wii term. :rollseyes:

    So I dont get locked out if I do something stupid, not JUST partition my drive. Do you understand?

    What do I do if I need to modify the MBR, but am unable to get back into any OS??

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    It shows you don't know how to search the internet, and I am certain if given the tools you couldn't fix it anyways, but use Hiren's BootCD to cure your fail...


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    Quote Originally Posted by desperado836 View Post
    It shows you don't know how to search the internet, and I am certain if given the tools you couldn't fix it anyways, but use Hiren's BootCD to cure your fail...
    Too Late.
    I Tryed to test out Micro-XP by installing it to a NTFS formatted USB stick, but the Experiences Micro-XP installed corrupted my Windows 7 boot, on my hard drive, physically different from my hard drive. I got a "Cannot detect hal.device" error message, I took it to PC World and they wanted £100 pounds for a data back-up, and an aditional £60 just to fix the thing, which i feel is a rip. The guy in the shop told me something like "Well, you can always by a USB SATA/IDE Enclosure, for £19.99 and do it yourself, if you dont want to pay £100"
    So I did.
    I tryed fixing the Nexus MBR, by plugging the Nexus hard drive into my Del Dimension 8200, via my USB enclosure, and restoring the Boot Record back-up i made before I tryed to install Micro-XP to a removable USB stick.
    I made a Back-up of the Current MBR of the Nexus and put it in a respectively named folder.
    I made a back-up of the Current MBR of the Dell dimension and put it in a respectively named folder.
    I made a back up of the Old MBR of the Nexus put it in a respectively named folder.
    Then I restored the Old MBR of the Nexus over the current MBR, I Moved over a few windows sys files that I thought were associated with Windows-XP, but I dont think they were.... then took the Hard drive out of the enclosure, and put it back in the Nexus PC.
    This time I got a different message, Cannot find NTLDR.

    So I plugged my Nexus SATA drive back in the Enclosure, and plugged it into my Dell Dimension, looked around the drive scratching my head trying to remember what I moved where.
    Put the Drive back in the Nexus, and it still said cant find NTLDR.
    Then my Del Dimension wouldn't boot.

    So I have given up, and just sent the thing to the repair shop.
    I think I have learnt the hard way not to screw around with the MBR over a USB hard drive enclosure, and that Windows Installations dont recognize any previous installed Operating Systems, ever, at all, in any circumstances.

    And as for my Dell, there doesn't seem to be anything coming through the VGA port at all now. So I may have shorted out the Graphics Adaptor.

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