I just got a new laptop from Dell and am trying to partition my 60GB drive so that the C Drive is 15GB (will hold OS and programs), and the D Drive is 45GB (for data). I have an XP Pro disc and am trying to get all of the trash that Dell automaticallly loads off of the machine.
I have no problem partitioning the drives, but formatting for this configuration seems impossible.
When you first partition, it shows both partitions as format [New (Raw)]. So naturally I want to format them as NTFS. The problem is, format isn't an option at this point, the only option is to install Windows on one of the partitions. If I choose the first partition (C Drive), I never get asked to format the second partition (D Drive), so that portion of the hard drive is unusable when the OS gets booted.
If I choose the second partition to install the OS, then after formatting that partition it asks me to format the first partition. This works fine, but now I have my OS on D Drive (which is 45GB), leaving only 15GB on C Drive, so this is no good.
Is there any way to around this? Thanks.