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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rain777, Sep 19, 2004.

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  1. Rain777

    Rain777 Thread Starter

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    I've been trying to read up on posts about partitioning your HD, but for some reason none of it wants to stick. (it's past bedtime for me or something). So I figure the next best thing is to post my own and go from there.

    I had a 20 gb Maxtor HD from Gateway, got it in December 2000 (*my first 'puter :D so i was green to begin with). NO ONE told me that hard drives expired after about 2-3 years, so in the process of learning how to move all my files, pictures, data, from my bulging, maxxed-out 20 gb HD to the new Maxtor 200 GB that I had bought for this express purpose of "being safe" with my precious information and cargo, the unthinkable happens, my 20 gb HD dies on me. :eek: :mad: :confused: With no real warning, I might add.

    I took it to a computer shop and they said it was no good, it was making a noise, and they could do nothing about it (probably cuz I told them I only had $50 to fix it). They moved the big 200 GB hd(that I improperly hooked up in the first place as a back-up drive) to being my primary drive with my XP OS on it.

    So now I have all this space with only one partition which is what I didn't want. I want a small partition to put my XP on, then maybe two more partitions to put important things, since I don't trust hard drives anymore. I want to do whatever I can to prevent this tragedy from happening EVER again. My whole life was on that drive, and I'm keeping it until I can find some way, any way to recover what's on it. :(

    My question now is, how do I go back and partition this thing? I have my XP Home Edition cd to reinstall if I have to, plus the Maxtor MaxBlast3 software installation cd. I want to know the steps I should take since I might not be able to get back online again if I screw up. And if I do screw up, how would I crawl through the jargon unless I've got a roadmap? I don't have any computer-savvy friends to call up or come over, I'm in this alone. So needless to say, when I found this site, I was thrilled, and full of hope. You are my only hope, now. (Gateway has disowned me since I let my warranty lapse.)

    Any information anyone could take the time to give would be excellent, and VERY much appreciated. Thanks alot. :) :) :)

    Rain777
     
  2. Dipeolu

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    First of all if the formal harddisk is making some noise, that is very very bad believe me something is loose inside and because of a hard disk makeup, it is not repairable and data is not recoverable. to partition the new disk following the following steps

    use a bootable disk (CD or Floppy)
    FDisk
    select 2 (partition Extended and logical drive)
    select No for Maximum size
    type either (25%, 50% or what ever space you want to partition)
    restart and format the new partition

    You could also do this from your Win XP
    Run>Fdisk and follow the rest of the aforementioned lines

    please reply to [email protected] if you do not understand and i will spell it out more
     
  3. Rache

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    This will talk you thro it http://www.newlogic.co.uk/kbase/fdisk/page1.htm As you say it's best to have os on smaller partition, with progs and data on another. (I've got w2k on 3 partitions in case os goes and I can reclaim data.
     
  4. Rain777

    Rain777 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your help, guys. I will try it and if I need anymore help, I'll let you know. I just didn't want to reformat again. Here's hoping it works. (y)
     
  5. SacsTC

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    "So now I have all this space with only one partition which is what I didn't want. I want a small partition to put my XP on, then maybe two more partitions to put important things, since I don't trust hard drives anymore."

    Adding partitions will not save any data if a hard drive crashes. You need to back up your important files to a different device.
     
  6. griffinspc

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    As SacsTC said, partitions won't protect from a failed drive so you might think about buying a second drive, size is only important to what you want to save, and making it a slave and copying all your "life" to it. Also you can burn CD's of course or buy Ghost or another program for a complete image but one of those choices is a must.
     
  7. rarodrig

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    Also,

    If you do resort to the Maxtor blast s/w. go to the maxtor website and download the latest version. I just did!! I could not get the version that came on the CD to work, but the download work fine.
     
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