suggest shrink C to 40gb and leave your Vista OS on it then create a second partition of 40gb ish size for win7 and format the remaining space of approx 200gb for data use, then shift any personal data out of E and merge/include it onto the "200gb partition"
personally I have 4 partitions for purely OS (xp, vista, win7, spare) and 2 partitions purely for data/ISO's , but I have a bit more HD space than you
Trust me I'm a teenagers father!
I don't think you'll be able to shrink it down that far, but I would suggest 35 to 40GB for Windows 7 and create another partition to install all your 3rd-party software.
So you're saying I should partition twice? (I'm lost)
Up to you. Many people like to keep their o/s partition small (ish) and keep their data on separate partition(s).
This makes it easier when you come to reinstall, and less work in terms of maintenance, like defragging, making partition image, etc.
However, if you already have a lot of your own stuff on your o/s partition , you may , or may not, want to make a separate data partition , then copy all your own stuff onto that.
To use the Paragon to shrink your partition:
Rt click the partition to shrink, select Move/Resize:
Drag from the right to desired size, Click Yes.
It will then show your new intended partition arrangement along the bottom.
If you are happy with that, Click Apply on the Menu bar at the top of the main window.
Last edited by SIW2; 06-14-2009 at 03:52 PM.
I tried to resize through that and it told me that the restart application can not be processed on this 64-bit version of windows.
Yes, that would be correct - if it is moving System files on the o/s partition - you obviously can't do it while you are in it.
It would be like cutting down the tree you are sitting in.
The message is misleading - it is nothing to do with 64 bit - what it is trying to say is "cannot perform this operation while booted into "The name of the o/s you are booted into"
As that is a very basic version of the program - it seems it doesn't have the ability to go into "boot - time " mode - unless it suggested that?
In that case, you would need to use the boot disc.
I am not sure how good the boot disc is with that free version ( I use the Paragon Hard Disk Manager ).
That is why I suggested GParted.
Since you have the basic version Paragon - you may as well run off the boot disc and see . You might need to have a PS2 mouse to use it easily when you are booted in.
As long as you're running Vista, don't use any 3rd party tools.
Use Disk Management and create the partitions here.it's already built-in.
NOTE TO SELF:
reghakr, never comment on the 64-bit edition because you don't know what the hell you're taklking about
Last edited by reghakr; 06-14-2009 at 06:38 PM.