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Creating Partition in Laptop

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ibmWell, as I’ve recently bought new laptop with 500 GB hard disk. So, first thing that came to my mind is managing my important data, which can be done by creating partitions. Partitioning comes with many advantages, like-
  • Disk Partitioning can be used to group one type of data together; like music, movies, soft wares, downloads, documents, etc.
  • In case of virus attacks, there are less chances of data getting infected if they are in different partition.
  • In case of data recovery requirement, the whole C drive is formatted. So, if important data is kept in some other drive, we can safely opt for data recovery. 
Most of laptop nowadays are coming with preinstalled Windows Vista, or Windows XP. So, I found two methods for creating partitions in Windows OS, by two ways. One of these do not require any software installation, and other requires Acronis Disk Director Suite.

Partitioning without any software

Follow these steps to create partitions in Windows OS, without need of any software installations-
  • Run Dailog Press Windows Key + R , and write diskmgmt.msc and press Ok
  • Disk management window, showing your current partition table will be shown
  • Select the disk you want to resize, by right clicking it and selecting Shrink Volume option
  • Then specify the size to be shrunken out and press Ok to apply 
    Shrink Volume
  • This will create a raw free disk space of the size specified
  • New right click the free raw disk space to create a new partition out of it
  • And, you are done with creating new partitions…

Partitioning with Acronis Software

Sometimes, you might get an error that partition can not be shrunk, because of reserved disk space for Windows OS drive. In that case you need to use some software. In my case I’ve used Acronis Disk Director, which is very easy to use software. It creates partitions very easily without any problems.This software package comes with Partition manager, OS selector and Recovery expert. You can get an overview about this product and download it from here.Acronis Disk Director
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Lock Folders Using Notepad

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Have you ever wondered if it is possible to Lock Folder using Notepad?
Well yes it is possible to Lock Folder Without Any Software. This method works fine in Xp/Vista and hopefully upper versions of windows.
Please don’t use this method if you are unsure what you are doing, I am not responsible for any damage caused by use of this, though it won’t occur if you follow my steps correctly.
Here we start:
Open Notepad from your Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Notepad
notepad
01. Copy and Paste the below code in Notepad and Save it as FolderLock.bat
cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder Locker
if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p “cho=>”
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren Locker “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to Unlock folder
set/p “pass=>”
if NOT %pass%==type your password here goto FAIL
attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Locker
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md Locker
echo Locker created successfully
goto End
:End
folder locker
bat file
02. Now Double Click that new Batch file named FolderLock and it will make a new folder named Locker in the same location:
bat file
bat file
Now put the Data Inside the folder Locker and again Double Click the Batch file to Lock it, this will give you a prompt, just Type y and press Enter:
bat file
To Unlock the Folder just double click the Batch file again and type y and press Enter.
Now keep the Batch File named FolderLock.bat in a different place like your USB Pen Drive so that only you can access the Folder you have locked.
Hope this helps. If you have any question or doubt, please leave a comment and I will get to you as soon as possible and will help you to best possible way.
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