How do I partition an external, USB HDD?



benedict1
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
I have looked at Disk Management and for the life of me can't figure out how
to partition an 80 GB USB-connected Maxtor HDD. Can anyone help me? I've
looked in Help on my Dell laptop and it tells me to click on an empty piece
of the drive and then work with New Logical.... something or other. I don't
see anything like this.

Can I even do this? If it is a command line thing, please be very specific
because my knowledge of MS-DOS is zilch.


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Thank you for your help,

benedict1

Anando [MS-MVP]
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
Hi,

This might help you out:

How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/

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"benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C0C905F7-50F9-4797-A396-51C6A2F8A9F4@microsoft.com...
>I have looked at Disk Management and for the life of me can't figure out how
> to partition an 80 GB USB-connected Maxtor HDD. Can anyone help me? I've
> looked in Help on my Dell laptop and it tells me to click on an empty piece
> of the drive and then work with New Logical.... something or other. I don't
> see anything like this.
>
> Can I even do this? If it is a command line thing, please be very specific
> because my knowledge of MS-DOS is zilch.
>
>
> --
> Thank you for your help,
>
> benedict1
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
This has nothing to do with DOS. Go here!
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C0C905F7-50F9-4797-A396-51C6A2F8A9F4@microsoft.com...
>I have looked at Disk Management and for the life of me can't figure out
>how
> to partition an 80 GB USB-connected Maxtor HDD. Can anyone help me? I've
> looked in Help on my Dell laptop and it tells me to click on an empty
> piece
> of the drive and then work with New Logical.... something or other. I
> don't
> see anything like this.
>
> Can I even do this? If it is a command line thing, please be very
> specific
> because my knowledge of MS-DOS is zilch.
>
>
> --
> Thank you for your help,
>
> benedict1
>

benedict1
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
Fine, I go to Disk Management and I can see the drive. But when I try to
click, right click or whatever, I don't get anything that looks like New
Partition or New Logical Drive. Basically, I don't know how to get to the
Wizard. The disk has been reformatted in NTFS. It is ready to partition. I
just don't know wht to do. Article number 309000 doesn't get me there.

I'm not a tech guy, obviously. Anything else I can try?
--
Thank you for your help,

benedict1



"Richard Urban" wrote:

> This has nothing to do with DOS. Go here!
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Richard Urban
>
> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>
> If you knew as much as you think you know,
> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>
>
> "benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C0C905F7-50F9-4797-A396-51C6A2F8A9F4@microsoft.com...
> >I have looked at Disk Management and for the life of me can't figure out
> >how
> > to partition an 80 GB USB-connected Maxtor HDD. Can anyone help me? I've
> > looked in Help on my Dell laptop and it tells me to click on an empty
> > piece
> > of the drive and then work with New Logical.... something or other. I
> > don't
> > see anything like this.
> >
> > Can I even do this? If it is a command line thing, please be very
> > specific
> > because my knowledge of MS-DOS is zilch.
> >
> >
> > --
> > Thank you for your help,
> >
> > benedict1
> >
>
>
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
If the disk has already been formatted as NTFS it is likely that the entire
drive is already one partition and can be used as such. You can NOT add
additional partitions to a drive that is already completely partitioned,
with the tools supplied by Windows. You would have to delete the present
partition and then create 2 or 3 smaller ones - your choice.

You can also use Partition Magic from Symantec Corp. to shrink the present
partition and then create another one in the now unused free space.

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:8018347A-6537-48A8-ACAA-270C30003D60@microsoft.com...
> Fine, I go to Disk Management and I can see the drive. But when I try to
> click, right click or whatever, I don't get anything that looks like New
> Partition or New Logical Drive. Basically, I don't know how to get to the
> Wizard. The disk has been reformatted in NTFS. It is ready to partition.
> I
> just don't know wht to do. Article number 309000 doesn't get me there.
>
> I'm not a tech guy, obviously. Anything else I can try?
> --
> Thank you for your help,
>
> benedict1
>
>
>
> "Richard Urban" wrote:
>
>> This has nothing to do with DOS. Go here!
>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/
>>
>> --
>> Regards,
>>
>> Richard Urban
>>
>> aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)
>>
>> If you knew as much as you think you know,
>> You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
>>
>>
>> "benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:C0C905F7-50F9-4797-A396-51C6A2F8A9F4@microsoft.com...
>> >I have looked at Disk Management and for the life of me can't figure out
>> >how
>> > to partition an 80 GB USB-connected Maxtor HDD. Can anyone help me?
>> > I've
>> > looked in Help on my Dell laptop and it tells me to click on an empty
>> > piece
>> > of the drive and then work with New Logical.... something or other. I
>> > don't
>> > see anything like this.
>> >
>> > Can I even do this? If it is a command line thing, please be very
>> > specific
>> > because my knowledge of MS-DOS is zilch.
>> >
>> >
>> > --
>> > Thank you for your help,
>> >
>> > benedict1
>> >
>>
>>
>>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
benedict1 wrote:

> Fine, I go to Disk Management and I can see the drive. But when I try to
> click, right click or whatever, I don't get anything that looks like New
> Partition or New Logical Drive. Basically, I don't know how to get to the
> Wizard. The disk has been reformatted in NTFS. It is ready to partition. I
> just don't know wht to do. Article number 309000 doesn't get me there.
>
> I'm not a tech guy, obviously. Anything else I can try?

Windows XP's tools cannot repartition a drive where all the space has
already been allocated into partitions. In XP you will need to delete
the partition and repartition/reformat into the desired number of
partitions or use a third party program such as Partition Magic or
BootIt NG to do this non destructively. BootIt NG has a 30 day full
featured free trial version.

http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

benedict1
07-10-2005, 12:44 AM
Thanks guys--I figured it out from Richard Urban's post. It was one big
partition, which I killed. Actually, I went to the Maxtor website, which I
should have done before I bothered all of you, and found instructions there
under External Drives>Partition. I was starting with an empty disk so I
didn't have to worry about losing anything--I made two 20 GB and one 40 GB
NTFS partitions.

Appreciate your help, all of you.
--
Thank you for your help,

benedict1



"Rock" wrote:

> benedict1 wrote:
>
> > Fine, I go to Disk Management and I can see the drive. But when I try to
> > click, right click or whatever, I don't get anything that looks like New
> > Partition or New Logical Drive. Basically, I don't know how to get to the
> > Wizard. The disk has been reformatted in NTFS. It is ready to partition. I
> > just don't know wht to do. Article number 309000 doesn't get me there.
> >
> > I'm not a tech guy, obviously. Anything else I can try?
>
> Windows XP's tools cannot repartition a drive where all the space has
> already been allocated into partitions. In XP you will need to delete
> the partition and repartition/reformat into the desired number of
> partitions or use a third party program such as Partition Magic or
> BootIt NG to do this non destructively. BootIt NG has a 30 day full
> featured free trial version.
>
> http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/
> http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Thank you for your reply. It's always nice to know that one offers the
correct answer!

--
Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"benedict1" <benedict1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:79C8FE45-02B3-4D7B-8BB3-E7777C21FA83@microsoft.com...
> Thanks guys--I figured it out from Richard Urban's post. It was one big
> partition, which I killed. Actually, I went to the Maxtor website, which
> I
> should have done before I bothered all of you, and found instructions
> there
> under External Drives>Partition. I was starting with an empty disk so I
> didn't have to worry about losing anything--I made two 20 GB and one 40 GB
> NTFS partitions.
>
> Appreciate your help, all of you.
> --
> Thank you for your help,
>
> benedict1
>
>
>
> "Rock" wrote:
>
>> benedict1 wrote:
>>
>> > Fine, I go to Disk Management and I can see the drive. But when I try
>> > to
>> > click, right click or whatever, I don't get anything that looks like
>> > New
>> > Partition or New Logical Drive. Basically, I don't know how to get to
>> > the
>> > Wizard. The disk has been reformatted in NTFS. It is ready to
>> > partition. I
>> > just don't know wht to do. Article number 309000 doesn't get me there.
>> >
>> > I'm not a tech guy, obviously. Anything else I can try?
>>
>> Windows XP's tools cannot repartition a drive where all the space has
>> already been allocated into partitions. In XP you will need to delete
>> the partition and repartition/reformat into the desired number of
>> partitions or use a third party program such as Partition Magic or
>> BootIt NG to do this non destructively. BootIt NG has a 30 day full
>> featured free trial version.
>>
>> http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/
>> http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
>>
>> --
>> Rock
>> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>>
>>


How do I partition an external, USB HDD?