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Be careful when selecting disk settings before a partition -- know the differences between the 'basic' and 'dynamic' options. Your main consideration should be how you might need to adjust your hard drive in the future. Don't limit yourself by choosing the wrong setting!
On a Windows 2000 system, be sure to change your primary disk to 'dynamic' before creating the second (data) partition. If you ever need to expand the partion by adding more disk space, you won't be able to if the disk was set to 'basic' when you created the second partion.
This was first published in October 2002