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Creating a New Partition in Windows

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You need to create new partition at the Hard Drive 1 of your Virtual Machine. 


To set up a new partition, you need to add unallocated space to your virtual hard drive.

  1. Start Parallels Desktop application and Windows virtual machine. 
  2. Go to Virtual Machine menu ► Configuration Hardware ► Hard Disk 1

  1. Click on 'Edit' and uncheck 'Resize file system'.

  1. Drag the slider adding the necessary space to the Hard Disk 1. 
  2. The increased size will show up as Unallocated space in the Windows virtual machine in Disk Management console.

To create a new partition from the unallocated space on your virtual hard disk, you can use Disk Management, a Windows built-in utility for partitioning hard disks. The steps below provide instructions for creating a new partition in Windows XP. For other Windows operating systems, the procedure is very similar. For more details, see the documentation for the respective Windows operating system.

To create a new partition in Windows XP:

  1. Start the virtual machine that uses the virtual disk with unallocated space.
  2. To start the Disk Management utility:
    1. Choose Control Panel from the Start menu.
    2. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
    3. In the Storage section, select Disk Management.
  3. In the Disk Management window, right-click Unallocated Capacity, and choose New Partition.
  1. In the New Partition wizard Introduction window, click Next.
  2. In the Select Partition Type window, select Primary partition, and click Next.
  3. Specify the partition size, and click Next.
  4. Assign a drive letter to the new partition, and click Next.
  5. In the Format partition window, select Format partition with the following settings. Set File system to NTFS and Allocation unit size to Default. Type the volume name in the Volume label field, and click Next.
  6. Carefully review the settings, and click Finish to start formatting.

Once the operation is complete, the new volume appears in the Computer Management window and in My Computer.

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