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The Best Way To Utilize My New External Hdd


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#1 wxp

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:49 AM

I have just bought a new Seagate USB external HDD 320 GB
And a copy of Acronis TI , ive now made a copy image of my system
and disconnected the external HDD from the computer.

Now the silly question Ö

My computer internal HDD ( 250GB ) has lots of free space

So now Iím just wondering now ive got my new Seagate
External HDD what can I use it for other than my computer
Back up plan, its just sitting there not being used until the next back up
Is done. Its seems a pity not to use it in some other way other than backing up
My computerÖ

Has any one got some interesting ideas, suggestions, thoughts, on the best way
To utilize my new external HDD better Ö?

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 07:06 AM

I use my external hard drive to backup everything as well.

I however also use it to store all of my episodes of anime and movies.
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:53 AM

Ive just realized that I have not partitioned my new external HDD. can any one please tell me the best way to
do this, my internal computer HDD is 250 GB. and I am running Windows XP.

Thank You .....

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:36 PM

May i ask why you want to partition you external drive?

You generally partition your drive because you want your system to be faster, or to have more than one operating system on your computer.

Please refer to the thread found here and see if you really do need to partition your drive.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:49 PM

I look at partitioning pretty much like I look at the rest of my system. That is..."If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Partitioning may benefit you - but that's a personal decision that you'll have to make. I've got a bunch of hard drives in my house and only a few have more than one partition on them.

On my personal computer I have a drive with the Operating System on it - one partition. I have another drive with 2 partitions (one for the swap file and one for data). The reasons for this are several:
- Having the swap file on a separate drive helps to speed the system up because the system can access the swap file independently from the OS accesses
- Having the data on a separate drive helps to save my stuff if the operating system disk dies
- Imaging my OS disk with the pointers to the swap file and data files makes recovering the system easy - 20 minutes and I'm back up and running with only a few Windows Updates to make things current.
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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:28 AM

Thanks for your answers , I think I will leave the External HDD with just one large partition
I was told by some friends it way normal to split an External HDD into several partitions,
but now reading the BC guide and your comments , I know more now .

Thank You

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:52 AM

You may need to format a file system for it if it has not already been done.

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 10:00 AM

Thanks for your advice ... dc3

ive not done any thing to the new external HDD, only used it to make a system backup
with Acronis TI, should I have formatted it ...? is it too late ..? what to do next ....?


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 03:53 PM

If you've already put an Acronis image on it, then it's already been formatted for you. Just FYI - if the image is spit into 4 gB chunks then drive is probably formatted with FAT32 - if the image is just one file larger than 4 gB, then it's likely that it's formatted with NTFS (most drives that I've seen recently come formatted with FAT32)
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 02:20 AM

Thanks usama ..

ive just checked the external HDD and its shown as... NTFS ..?

just had a though, could I use the external HDD tt try out Windows Vista
and leave my Windows XP , un touched..? , I would like to try out Vista
but have my original Windows XP there should I want to return to it, is this possible
and how would I go about doing it ..?

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 04:59 AM

ive just checked the external HDD and its shown as... NTFS ..?

That is great, it means the drive is already formatted :huh:

just had a though, could I use the external HDD tt try out Windows Vista and leave my Windows XP , un touched..

Yes you can. All you have to do is install Vista on the External Hard drive when you are selecting your installation location. You probably also need to select the 1st boot device when choosing whether to use Windows XP or Vista.

So install Vista by following the prompts and be sure to choose the right location. You will know which one is your hard drive because of the name.

Good luck :thumbsup:
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