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sure, in XP use disk management (right click my computer --> manage). you will probably have to delete pre-installed partition and then create the ones you want.
if you want to keep pre-installed partition you will need partitioning software that will shrink the pre-installed partition then create new ones with remaining space. Gparted will work.
as always: before messing with partitions back up everything of importance on that disk
you shouldn't need a separate partition to backup to unless you are trying to clone the drives of those machines. you should be able to backup to a folder. windows backup creates a single file.
i am kind of in the dark here but i think what you want is a program that will create a backup of your important files (not the os) and when updating the backup only adds the new and changed files. is this right?