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External HD - Is three partitions possible?


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#1 Eric RBA

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:22 PM

I just bought an external hard drive, LaCie 750GB USB only drive, pre-formatted NTFS. I have installed it and run the setup wizard, so it's ready to go. I have XP Media Center edition.

I would like to set it up so I can back up my PC and two laptops, one laptop with XP Pro and the other is Vista (Pro?), I would also like to save some space to back up music, pics, etc. as well.

Is it possible to do this? If so, how?

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:52 PM

sure, in XP use disk management (right click my computer --> manage). you will probably have to delete pre-installed partition and then create the ones you want.
if you want to keep pre-installed partition you will need partitioning software that will shrink the pre-installed partition then create new ones with remaining space. Gparted will work.

as always: before messing with partitions back up everything of importance on that disk

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:58 PM

Okay, so would I need to create one partition for each computer I want to back up and then one more to store other stuff that I want to save?

Also, what's the best method to back each machine up to the HD?
I would never ask a person to do something that I wouldn't do myself.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 05:25 PM

you shouldn't need a separate partition to backup to unless you are trying to clone the drives of those machines. you should be able to backup to a folder. windows backup creates a single file.

i am kind of in the dark here but i think what you want is a program that will create a backup of your important files (not the os) and when updating the backup only adds the new and changed files. is this right?

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 06:20 PM

GParted Partition Manager - http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

Partition Manager - http://www.ranish.com/part/

Free programs that will allow changes to partition sizes...I have never used either, I have a paid version of Partition Magic 8.0 which I use for such.

There are other such programs, just use Google and the phrase "partition managers".

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