Since I’m still not a big fan of Windows 8, I wanted to give it a try, but not have to wipe out one of my windows computers in the process.
I decided to partition my hard drive so that windows 7 would be in one partition and windows 8 in the other. Here’s how I did it.
(Note – this is a great thing to do for backup purposes. Divide your one large drive into two smaller partitions. Have your operating system in one partition and your data in the second.)
-I’d recommend a complete backup just in case anything goes wrong.
Paul Thurott has a great tutorial on the whole process here.
– Type in Disk Management in the Search bar from the Start menu.
– Choose the top item – Create and format hard disk partitions.
– Right click on the C: drive and choose Shrink Volume.
– Windows will give you the total amount of available shrink space. I’d suggest you stick with about half of the available space and then select the Shrink button.
– This will take a couple of minutes.
– Then right click on the Unallocated space and Choose New Simple Volume.
– Follow the prompts – assign a drive letter, format – Quick Format – and then when it’s done, right click and change the name to something more User Friendly.