You don't need a third-party program, like Acronis DD (although I've heard
good things about it). All you need is built into every version of Vista
(and Win2K and WinXP). It's called Disk Management. To get there, you can
Run diskmgmt.msc, or click right-click Computer, then Manage | Disk
But no program can create a partition out of thin air - or out of disk space
that is already included in another partition. Fortunately, the Vista
version of DM includes some new features, including Shrink Volume. Use this
on your existing volume, probably Drive C:. Shrink it to the size you want
it to be permanently. Then right-click on the newly-available Free Space
and then click New Simple Volume to create a new one. Either use all the
available space, as it suggests, or use less than the full amount available,
leaving room for another volume later; it's up to you.
And, yes, you will need administrator credentials to do this.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
"Alias" <Alias@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Hello all,
> I am running Vista Home Basic and have a 250GB SATA drive. I have tried
> using various programs (Acronis Disk Director Suite v10, etc) to create a
> second partition on my drive, but it's not working. It looks like the
> partition software is working, but when all is said and done and I check
> drive nothing has changed.
> Is Vista somehow protecting the hard drive from other software programs?
> Any suggestions on how to split my drive is welcome.