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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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4.14. Split a Hard Drive into Two Partitions

You can create a separate storage area on your system by splitting your hard drive into two partitions.

In hard drive circles, a partition — also called a volume — is a subset of a hard drive that you can access and work with as a separate unit. Most hard drives consist of just a single partition that takes up the entire disk, and that partition is almost always drive C. However, it is possible to divide a single hard drive into two partitions and assign a drive letter to each — say, C and D.

Although many partition operations are better left to third-party programs such as Norton PartitionMagic (www.symantec.com) or Partition Manager (www.acronis.com), splitting a partition is something you can do ...

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