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#1 Teenage.Zombiee

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:22 AM

Hey guys :huh:

I brought an external hard drive today. Its a HP Pocket Media Drive (80 GB)

I've got some questions though:
I would like to have 3 partitions. A 40GB and two 20GB. How can I do this? Would I need a program like Partition Magic? (a freeware alternative to it)

I would also like to be able to store programs onto the drive.
Would this work?

Also, will it harm my computer if I remove the drive to plug in another USB device (I only have two USB hubs and the HD takes up the two because it allows for a faster file transfer given I only have USB 1.1)?
I only ask this question because if I install programs onto the drive and take them out should I just make sure that no programs that are installed to the drive are running?

All help is appreciated. Thanks in advance. :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 02:25 AM

You can use a freeware application like G-parted to make your partition if the CD that came with you hdd doesn't provide this ability. You may also wish to change the format from FAT-32 to NTFS, there is a 4GB file limitation with the FAT-32 files.

You can store any thing that you can store on you other hdd, and you can transfer files from the internal hdd to the external drive by clicking and dragging in Explore.

USB hdds are suppose to be hot swappable, but if you are concerned about losing data just make sure that you computer is shut off when you unplug it. I definitely would make sure that any application that you have been using are shut down before unplugging the hdd.

If you have an empty PCI slot you can add a PCI to USB card like one these.

There is an advantage in using the PCI to USB card, there is a problem of USB connection failing to read, this won't happen with the PCI to USB card.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:06 AM

Thanks DC

I tried to install G-parted but it didn't work and I have tried SwissKnife but when I try and install I get a "corrupt cabnet file" error. Any other recommendations.

USB hdds are suppose to be hot swappable, but if you are concerned about losing data just make sure that you computer is shut off when you unplug it

This could cause a bit of inconvenience.
if i safely removed hardware would it be okay?

I shall consider the PCI card :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:01 AM

ARGH!

This thing already has got me pulling my hair out >.>
I formatted the stupid thing with that stupid SwissKnife program
And it didn't format to a file system!
So now I have to format it to NTFS using Windows which is taking its sweet ass time.

I still can't find good partitioning software >.>
They all involve making a boot disk.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 12:26 PM

You don't need partitioning software of any kind :thumbsup:.

The drive is new and it's not a boot drive...it can be partitioned using Disk Manager in XP, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000

It's only when a drive needs to be partitioned/resized after data has been installed on created partitions...that partitioning software is needed.

Drive may have to be initialized, http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...anced/ntfs.mspx

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 12:44 PM

Thanks hamluis :thumbsup:

I have another question, can I keep the files I've already got on the HD and not have to reformat but still be able to partition?

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:21 PM

As I stated, not using Disk Management.

DM is a function that has latitude/variability...only before you do anything. It's apparently designed to be used by those who plan their partitions first, while creating them later.

The various 3d-party programs give users the flexibility missing in DM.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:29 PM

Thanks again mate :thumbsup:

I have one last question though.

Also, will it harm my computer if I remove the drive to plug in another USB device (I only have two USB hubs and the HD takes up the two because it allows for a faster file transfer given I only have USB 1.1)? I know this has already been answered for me but what I need to know is there a way I can safely unplug it without shutting down

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 12:16 PM

Guys, c'mon I need some serious help here.

When I try and create a partition in Computer Management > Disk Management I cannot do so because there is no unallocated space for this drive, even though I have plenty of free space (97%).
Also, should I select primary or extended partition?

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