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Long time ago, DOS has a feature named "Fdisk" to create, delete, set active, set primary, format partitions before you installed system. "Fdisk" is especially slow when you are partitioning a brand new hard drive. Usually, if you want to divide a 40G disk into 4 partitions, you need to use at least 20 minutes, the time of false operation is excluded.
This was the only tool to partition my hard drive before installing Windows XP several years ago when I got in touch with computers at first.
After installing Windows XP Operating System, I turned to its built in Disk Management utility for Windows XP hard drive partitioning. This Windows XP hard drive partitioning tool can perform basic partitioning functions, like formatting, creating, deleting partitions, etc. This tool can partition Windows XP hard drive faster and easier than Fdisk.
However, when you want to resize the partition under Windows XP, if there is no third party program, you need to delete two partitions, and create two new partitions (or one), and then format the new partition(s). This work is especially complicated, and the most important point is you need to copy all the files from source partition to another, for if you want to resize the partition, Windows XP will definitely cause data loss.
In other words, if you want to maximize the performance of your Windows XP with more advanced functions, you need a third party partition program for Windows XP hard drive partitioning.
I once looked for reliable solution for Windows XP hard drive partitioning on both Google.com and Download.com and finally found EaseUS Partition Master.
All the features of this Windows XP hard drive partitioning software are listed here.
To my surprise, EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition is totally free for home users! My elders always tell me that there is no good bargain. However, this saying doesn't work on this software. It does excellent job when I need to repartition my windows XP.
This partition freeware works perfectly with hardware RAID and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 32/64 bit and Windows 8 Operating Systems. It not only provides convenient user-interface to simplify job but also enables to configure and manage partitions of hard drive.
Yes, I used some other Windows XP hard drive partitioning software. Some of them are too complicated to resize my drives; some of them even caused data/partition loss. Yet EaseUS Partition Master has all advantages that other partition software has. It seems that there is no disadvantage for me except that the interface is not cool enough.
This Windows XP hard drive partitioning software is a can't-miss gadget. I hope you won't miss it.