Resize 32-bit XP partition from 64-bit Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Zack Barresse, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. I have a partition on my laptop with Vista 64-bit as my main OS. The second
    partition is an XP build (32-bit). I want to resize the XP partition but
    the built in Vista disk management controls keep bringing back an error.
    I'm thinking about reformatting and putting on a 32-bit Vista. Any pointers
    or know how I can resize w/o formatting? Any help would be appreciated.
    Zack Barresse, Apr 21, 2008
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  2. Anybody out there......
    Zack Barresse, Apr 27, 2008
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  3. Zack Barresse

    NetLink_Blue Guest

    GPart partition manager can do this for you. Recently I used Partition
    Manager and Acronis Disk Suite managers because I had access to these discs.

    The pucker factor can be high. Especially when you first boot-up after
    resizing. All my Windows OS's came back with a "found new hardware"
    message. But all was well ...

    Link Blue

    NetLink_Blue, Apr 28, 2008
  4. Zack Barresse

    chinga69 Guest

    boot in to xp and try partition magi
    chinga69, Apr 28, 2008
  5. Thank you for responding!

    I couldn't get Acronis to work, tried that. Couldn't get the Gpart to get
    working either (maybe it's just me).

    Problem with this is the XP partition is my main boot partition. So I can't
    delete it (well, I could, but I'd have to run the Vista startup recovery
    tool) without giving my laptop nothing to recognize/boot to.

    Would a complete format be better here I'm wondering?? I'm leaning that
    way. It was a dumb idea to do the 64 bit anyway. I more or less just wanted
    to try it. Re-tard-ed. :)

    Zack Barresse

    Zack Barresse, Apr 28, 2008
  6. Hi, thanks for responding!

    I did the boot to XP, but don't have partition magic. I did try acronis
    disk manager though, with no success. What's your take on complete
    Zack Barresse, Apr 28, 2008
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    chinga69 Guest

    if xp is the main os boot to vista make xp the default boot option with
    vista boot pro or similar then reboot to xp use xp disk manager to
    delete the vista partion give all the disk to xp then resize the disk to
    the size you want reload vista
    is that what your trying to do its a lomg way round but will save
    reloading xp
    chinga69, Apr 28, 2008
  8. Zack Barresse

    NetLink_Blue Guest

    My mind is boggled.
    To resize partitions, nothing needs to get deleted. Very mysterious.
    Starting with a clean slate ( complete format) is always in style over here.
    Why hasn't 64-bit worked out for you?


    NetLink_Blue, Apr 28, 2008
  9. Zack Barresse

    NetLink_Blue Guest

    I had forgotten that when dual-booting Vista and WinXP, everything gets
    processed by Vista first. No matter what partition the OS's are installed

    There are probably web pages that explain how to untangle this mess. Vista
    really is a royale pain-in-the-ASS sometimes. Please don't get me started
    on "Taking Control" of files and permissions. What a freakin' hairball.

    ( Today I finally disabled the moronic, insane UAC feature - "User Account
    Control". Sometimes I like to create small text files with info about my
    program installs. Idiotic Vista would not allow my to do this in <Program
    Files> folders and even C:\<root>.)

    NetLink (red) Blue ... sheesh
    NetLink_Blue, Apr 28, 2008
  10. Well, the 64-bit has worked out actually. It was the very dumb idea of me
    putting a 32-bit partition on the same hdd. Which I do not use now so I
    wanted to get rid of... and my problem pops up. I'll probably just format
    and put the 64-bit back on the entire hdd.
    Zack Barresse, Apr 29, 2008
  11. Thanks very much chinga. That is good information to know. I might try
    that, as my option right now was to format the entire hdd. Learn something
    new each day. Thanks!
    Zack Barresse, Apr 29, 2008
  12. Zack Barresse

    NetLink_Blue Guest

    It may be that a 64-bit Windows OS sets up it's partition ( ID, info and
    tables) differently from a 32-bit OS. This is new territory for me.

    You could try to delete the WinXP partition and turn it into unallocated
    space. Then maybe you could resize / expand the 64-bit side.

    Or, like you mentioned, just start over with a clean slate.

    I dual-boot Vista and WinXP ( both 32-bit OS's) at the moment. I had
    thought of trying to add WinXP 64-bit to the mix, but am afraid of FUBAR'ing
    the whole works.

    NetLink_Blue, Apr 29, 2008
  13. Zack Barresse

    chinga69 Guest

    if you delete the xp partition vista wont be able to boot as all boo
    info is on the xp partition if xp was loaded first

    as for the dual boot if you load xp 64bit you just need to run th
    vista install disk after xp64 install and choose repair boot in th
    options and all 3 operating systems will be available in the boot men
    chinga69, Apr 29, 2008
  14. I tried that. Once I deleted the 32-bit XP and restarted I received the
    boot error. Had to run the vista repair tool to boot up again. I was
    *assuming* it was in lieu of the XP being the primary boot drive.
    Zack Barresse, Apr 29, 2008
  15. I deleted the XP partition, but had to run the vista cd and repair to get
    the machine to boot normal. So found that out the hard way. <g>

    Never done a dual boot before.. Thing is, I don't even want the XP partition
    on the machine anymore. I've already transferred all of my data out of that
    partition and was *hoping* for the space for my vista os.
    Zack Barresse, Apr 29, 2008
  16. Zack Barresse

    NetLink_Blue Guest

    Ah ha -- seems like I read somewhere that Vista always places some important
    boot files on the first (primary?) partition. No matter what Hilary Clinton

    You've had quite the partition adventure. With all of Vista's problems and
    compatibilities, I hope you can survive the even more narrow world of
    64-bit. Again, I have read that 32-bit software emulation just slows any
    64-bit advantage gained.

    we live in exciting times,
    NetLink_Blue, Apr 29, 2008
  17. We shall see. Thanks again for all of your help. Much appreciated. :)
    Zack Barresse, Apr 30, 2008
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