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Old 13th July 2009
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Post AMD64 - Hard Drive Partitioning

I have an AMD64 box, installed with M$ Windows XP. It's hard drive is split into two partitions/drives: C: (91,5 Gb) and D: (95 Gb). The idea is to shrink the D: drive's size (without losing data) so, that the space what would be left is used to a partition for an another operating system. I will then install FreeBSD (or other Unix-like OS) into my box with Windows (dual booting).
But I have a problem. I have tried GParted and Visopsys Partition Logic but they doesn't work because they support only i386 architecture, not amd64. I don't have any commercial partitioning applications (like Norton PartitionMagic). What is the best FREE partition management application for AMD64 arch that can shrink partitions without losing data?

I don't know is my English perfect (that's not my native language) but I think you understand well.
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AMD64 and i386 are compatible, you can run 32-bit operating systems on your system.

The problem might be related to a different style of partitioning, 64-bit Windows might use GPT partitioning instead of the classic MBR-style kind.

Perhaps someone else here can help you with that.
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Has the disk been configured as a "dynamic disk"? (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308424)

What error do you get with GParted?

Are you using GPT partitioning? (unlikely)

Ofcourse, if you have a spare disk you can just copy the contents of D: into it, then delete & (re)create a smaller D: partition.
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AFAIK, AMD64/x64 uses the same MBR based partitioning that i386/x86 uses, GPT is only used in EFI-based systems (a.k.a: Intel Macs), normal windoze PC's use MBR based partitioning.
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Thank you ephemera that seems to be some solution for the problem.
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GPT can be used on normal disks, on normal PCs, using normal BIOSes. In fact, you have to use GPT if you want slices over 2 TB in size (or is it 8 TB?). The wave of the future is GPT.
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Old 10th September 2009
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Hey phoenix, you are confusing me a little. It would be nice if you could explain something about GPT and its advantages.
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Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

You can also check the external links at the end.
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Thanks Beastie for sharing such useful information here.
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