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Partitioning an External Drive

By domer7 ·
I bought a new 250 gb SimpleTEch hard drive. I want to partition it so one partis for backups and the other for video storage. When I go to disk management through Control Panel, it doesn't allow me to partition it. Is there a way to do this without additional software like partition magic?

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by BFilmFan In reply to Partitioning an External ...

Use the DOS Fdisk function.

You can partition the drive however you like.

Note that you may already have one single 250GB partition on the disk.

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by Enrique Corona In reply to Partitioning an External ...

your hdd is probably already partitioned, you have to delete the partition and repartition it.

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by M.A.S. Matrix In reply to Partitioning an External ...

Just to elaborate on the first answer...after you have plugged in your USB drive, click start, run and type fdisk then press enter and then go from there, you will have a few options to choose from.

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by wlbowers In reply to Partitioning an External ...

Just a tech tip. If that drive dies, the backup partition dies also.

Buy a second drive and backup to that.


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by paymmz In reply to Partitioning an External ...

The HHD must first be formatted, desired volume selected (this will be your partition), set active and select appropriate lettering to the drive(S)

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by rubendlct In reply to Partitioning an External ...

Try deleting the partition (whatever the letter of the external hard drive happens to be) while on disk manangement and then make two new partitions the size you need them to be. When you delete the partition, it becomes "Raw" space that you must format in order to be usable.

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