I know there are various theories as to whether or not partitioning is useful, but, rest assured, it is not my intention to start that debate over again, i just have 2 or three question about the mechanics of it.
1) If one were to partition a hard drive in a machine with a recovery partition from the manufacturer, would this process mean losing the recovery partition and would losing it matter if one used Acronis TI10 anyway...?
2) Is there any real advantage to using third party software to manage partitions, or is there perfectly sufficient provision already with XP (Home)?
1)No you would partition the rest of your C:and Acronis will backup your Recovery if you tick the box 2)You need third party software, such as Acronis Partition Manager, or there are free ones available if you google
but im not really worried about XP's back up ability in that sense.
it seems that i should take a backup of the system before partitioning, then make the partition, then do another backup from there, which will include the partition...? As for the recovery partition, i guess i just have to hope it stays intact while im making a partition?
rawprawn, would the recovery show up when im making a partition or would it not rveal itself, but remain intact (this seems to be the implication of your 17:56 post in your reply to my first question)?
If you use Acronis you can do it as you want. You could even create a Full Image of the Drive,This would include all the partitions To a External USB drive for if you wanted to put it back just as it is, Then do what you want with the drive