I have an old Windows XP computer with 466gb of useable harddrive, 314 now free, 2 gb ram, 2.2 gh, and dual core. I've decided to partition the computer, as microsoft is giving up on xp. I've put all the files on a new windows 8.1 computer, deleted the programs I don't use, and made a list of others. Since I will have problems getting some of them again, I don't really want to delete them. and have to refind them. I do have the XP recovery disk handy tho. I have been trying to partition and put Linux mint cinamon on to see if I can learn it. Haven't been able to with windows in all these years anyway. I tried http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/shrink-and-extend-ntfs-volumes-in-windows/, but it's for vista and doesn't work either way. I don't have the shrink option in the run, disk part... window I've downloaded 3 third party partition managers,(paragon, mini tool, and one I forget the name of) none of which has helped. Have been told easus's partition manager is full of add -ons. Is there an easy, or at least doable for a beginner way to put 200 gb in a separate partition so I can continue using that computer, keeping it offline with windows? I'm trying to set my new one up and change the old one around at the same time, and getting real frustrated to the point of not thinking straight. Any help will be appreciated.