I have a 40Gb as master and 20Gb as slave. The 20Gb is my data drive but it is nearly full due to the very large My Music folder. There is also a My music folder on the 40Gb which acts as an overflow. I wish to partition the 40Gb using Partition Magic into a 10Gb (OS Win98SE and slimmed down programs) and a 30Gb Music partition. I would then transfer all the music from my 20Gb drive and free this up to a purely data drive. Total music is approx 29Gb.
I want to reformat the 40gb drive and reinstall Windows and reduce the number of programs. Can I firstly partition into 10Gb/30Gb and then reformat and reinstall on the 10Gb OR would I have to reformat the 40Gb first, reinstall windows and then partition into 10/30???
I haven't made this clear have I? The real question is...Can I reformat and reinstall Windows on a 10Gb partition of a 40Gb harddrive? It's not the partitioning that's so important. I would rather be able to firstly partition the 40Gb into 10/30 and keep the music files on the 30 partition and THEN reformat and reinstall Windows on the 10Gb partition.
Yes.... although I can't understand why you are nervous, other to assume you might be concerned about loosing your data when you repartition. If you use Partition Magic, and have enough space to allow all your saved data files to remain in the new partition (30gb) untouched, then you should have no problems. As always, there are no perfection in computing, make backups of all your data before starting :-)