External Hard disk partitions not detected on XP

By utkarshg ·
I have a Segate 1tb external hard drive. On this I have created 7 32 GB FAT32 partitions and 1 450 GB NTFS partition. I have created these partitions using Disk Management feature on VISTA. However when I connect this hard disk to my company system which has a XP OS, I do not see all the partitions. I just get to see 3 of my 32GB FAT32 partitions and the single NTFS 450 GB partition. I am wondering what is wrong here?
On Disk management of XP also, the system does not detect the 3, 32 GB Fat 32 partitions that I have created.
Can somebody help me here please ?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Utkarsh Gadewar

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Vista formats are not visible from XP ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to External Hard disk partit ...

If you want the HDD to be usable by both systems, you might have more success if you were to re-create all the partitions on the XP machine.

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by balge In reply to External Hard disk partit ...

I thought XP could only use four partitions per drive anyway? Or is that just on boot drives?

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I shouldnt have created so many partitions

by utkarshg In reply to XP

I think you are right.
First I was stupid to create so many drives :). I think i will have to merge all the drives now and how just 3 drives. 2 FAT32 and 1 NTFS.
Its all started as my DVD player does not detect NTFS so I need to have FAT32 file system.
Something that I found.

Thanks for your answer.


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RE: "DVD player does not detect NTFS" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I shouldnt have created s ...

Could you expand on this ?

I've never given any thought to an optical drive actually 'detecting' any hardware at all.

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DVD player with USB

by utkarshg In reply to RE: "DVD player does not ...

Yes DVD players with USB do have this. However it does not detect any NTFS file system and needs a FAT32 file system.


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by balge In reply to DVD player with USB

that's a DVR.......not an external hard drive or a DVD.
is that the hard drive you partitioned?

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I STRONGLY suggest that you read the manual !! ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to DVD player with USB

According to the PDF Leaflet available from the link you provided:

"Connect and enjoy multiple sources
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Link plays video/music from USB flash drive

Easy to use
One touch MP3 creation directly from CDs onto USB sticks

Convert the contents of your favorite CDs to MP3 files on your Philips product, and store it directly on a thumbdrive through a USB cable. Enjoy the convenience of creating MP3 files right in your living room, without a PC, and even while the CD is playing.

With Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Link, all you have to do is plug in your USB device, select the movie, music or photo and play away.

You'll notice that, at no point, is it suggested that there is a capability to connect this device directly to any PC.

Nor should you be connecting any external POWERED hard drive to this player. It is solely designed to accommodate a USB thumb drive.

USB thumb drives, by default, are formatted to FAT32.

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by balge In reply to I shouldnt have created s ...

sorry , you said HDD, what's the DVD got to do with it?
what is the relevance of your file system here?

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DVD with USB

by utkarshg In reply to DVD?

I have a DVD player with USB to it, which does not detect any NTFS file system and needs a FAT32 file system on the USB device (in my case USB device is the Segate 1 TB external hard disk). The DVD player detects the drives which are FAT32 file system.



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