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Please forgive me if this was answered already, but, I have a MBP that is partitioned, and backed up on the mac side by time machine/capsule. I didn't give enough space to the mac os and need to increase it. In order to do so I have to erase the windows xp data. I have two questions.

One, the easiest way would be to clone the windows side, that way I don't have to re-install all the programs, let alone the passwords and everything else. How do I do this, remember I'm not a geek.

Second, it would be easier to use something like Parallels, rather than boot camp. Is the emulation just as good as running the software in a native windows environment? I have some programs that load financial data charts, etc., besides the usual stuff. And if so how do I do it?

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. thanks
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Can't help you with the cloning, but Parallels and Fusion will not run Windows as well as if it were running natively. It's sharing resources with OS X and will not be as fast when dealing with media or any other resource-intensive processes. It will be fine for most things, like Quicken and stuff like that.
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If you're trying to increase the size of your OS X partition, you can do it by reducing the size of your Windows XP partition. You will need to download the "CampTune" utility from Paragon. The utility will create a bootable disk for you which you can then use to non-destructively reduce the size of your Boot Camp partition. Afterward, use Disk Utility from your install DVD (boot with install DVD) to increase the size of your OS X partition to fill in the space that is now available after reducing the Boot Camp partition.

I hope you follow all that I wrote above. Be sure to follow directions carefully for CampTune. Download CampTune from here.

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Thanks, but I'm not sure what you told me. CampTune will allow me to decrease the size of the windows xp partition without loosing any data? I'm not sure where my install DVD is. Is there another way, perhaps upgrade to 10.6, I now have 10.5
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It is a bit expensive... ($100), but my rule is that if your are fighting the disk space issue now, it will only get wore later. Good news is that the upgrade is easy with Time Machine.
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Thanks, but I'm not sure what you told me. CampTune will allow me to decrease the size of the windows xp partition without loosing any data? I'm not sure where my install DVD is. Is there another way, perhaps upgrade to 10.6, I now have 10.5
Yes, CampTune will non-destructively decrease or increase the size of a Boot Camp partition. Upgrading to Snow Leopard is not going to make any difference, the partition sizes will remain the same unless you do as I indicated above.

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