For many who switch over to a different operating system, one of the most problematic things is the inability for programs to cross over to the new operating system; it’s frustrating, requires the repurchasing of software that is specific to that new operating system, and creates an entirely new window of stress that was thought to be minimized by getting rid of the previous computer. To combat this, several companies and programmers developed a method in which one can allocate a certain portion of a hard drive in order to install a second operating system. This process, is known as repartitioning.

How is This Possible?

All computers work because they run on a specific operating system. This organizes the contents within a hard drive so that one can store data in the forms of files and code to be used later when they are needed. Each operating system has its own specific coding system, which is how it distinguishes which programs are usable, and which ones can’t. Fortunately, the operating system on a computer is not unique to that specific computer; they can be installed or deleted with relative ease.

In the case of many operating systems, their individual codes are only able to work specifically with their own unique software. When a computer user has access to repartitioning programs however, they not only are able to purchase a new computer or laptop, but are also able to divide up the hard drive so that they can keep their older or non-compatable programs and use them on the second system.

Installation Process:

When the user has access to a repartition program, the installation process is fairly straightforward. Follow the instructions on the setup and at some point it will open to a new window that contains a basic bar that represents the computer’s hard drive. From there, the program will allow the user to allocate exactly how much of their hard drive for the new operating system they want; some programs have a simple click-and-drag which scrolls over the bar, and others may ask for a numerical prompt within a text box.

After the repartition software finishes installing, it will alert to exactly how much space was allocated. The setup may close, asking if the user wishes to restart their computer. When the user restarts, normally they will come up to a blank screen or a command prompt. This is because the computer detects two routes: the original operating system and the space where a second system should be. This is when the new system must be installed. After the operating system disk is completely installed, the person can adjust their computer settings to designate if they wish to automatically start either system up, or if they prefer selecting one directly beforehand.

Repartitioning allows one keep two or more operating systems on one hard drive. This not only reduces the frustration of having to keep two computers, but also saves money that would go to buying new software.