I've had this PC for four years now and concentrated on learning how software works. Starting to have hardware problems and this area is pretty much all new to me, especially with hands on experience, so I need some help from you hardware gurus about some things I haven't been able to figure out on my own.
The first one is pretty simple but first the background.
I just installed a 120 GB Seagate hard drive as a second hardrive for data storage only. I used Seagate's Disk Wizard for this and when I fired the PC up after installation, Disk Wizard took care of all the formatting and partitioning. The new hard drive is one big partition.
I'm thinking of splitting it into two partitions. I would like to do this with the Disk Management Utility in Windows XP, as I don't really have the money for a commercial program like Partition Magic and the freeware one's I'm aware of are a bit advanced for me it seems. But mostly I just want to know how to do what I can with what Windows provides.
So my question is this--do I have to delete the one big partition in order to create two partitions on the new drive? If so no problem, I have only used it so far to transfer a few files over to test and am storing images from Acronis True Image 7, which can be redone.
I don't see any way to use Disk Wizard to do this, and I don't think Acronis can do it either, tho I could be wrong. I haven't created a safe Zone yet with the latter--is that an actual partition or virtual? As I understand it, Safe Zone is only accessed by Acronis and I'm wanting to make two partitions with open access.
The second question is a little more complicated. Disk Wizard makes a customized installation guide that can be printed out before the actual installation. My C: drive is a 40 Gig Samsung, and the guide shows how to set the jumpers. The diagram for the Samsung drive was confusing in that it was unclear of the orientation--left, right and up and down. But what got me is I was told the Samsung should be set to Master with Slave
. Instead of having the C drive set to Master and the new drive set to Slave.
So my second question is--have any of you with lots of experience ever heard of such a thing?
I ended up just leaving the jumpers on cable select and got the drive working. Just curious about this. One jumper was in a horizontal position and the other vertical. I just figured all jumper positions would be vertical and pretty simple--just chose between master, slave and cable select (and a holding position that I forget the term for). But I found out it can be much more detailed and horizontal positions can be used for other settings, mostly to do with capacity limitations. In fact the Samsung has a horizontal jumper setting that I left as is. Illustrated in the last diagram on this page: http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDr...ersguide_02.htm
Just never heard of Master with Slave
These questions are more for my own education, not critical help being needed. Just interested in anyone's comments. There are also probably some more details I need to provide, but will probably have to post them later.