Partition Magic 8 And Acomdata External Hard Drive

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Jrru2

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Ok, here's the deal:

I've just purchased an Acomdata 250GB external hard drive. It comes preformated with TWO partitions - one is the 'CD Section', which takes just 138(something like that) MB and is used to house installation files for applications having to do with the HD, and the other one is the 'HD Section' which is the whole HD minus the previous 138MB. The 'CD Section' partition is, according to Acomdata, impossible to delete or alter. This initially annoyed me, but I'm basically ok with it as long as I can format/partition the rest of the HD however I want. Now, both of the initial partitions are FAT32, and that's where the real problem lies: I want to split the 'HD Section' partition into two partitions, with one being about 25GB NTFS, and the other being the rest of the space, FAT32. I need the NTFS partition so that I can transfer files bigger than 4GB(which can't be done on FAT32) and I need the FAT32 partition so that I can still transfer files between a PC and a Mac.

So I started up Partitionmagic 8 so that I could reformat/partition the external hard drive the way I wanted it, but where the information for the external hard drive is supposed to be in partitionmagic, it just says 'Bad'. If I try to create a new partition or re-format the exisiting partition or anything else having to do with that drive, I get error messages.

What's the deal?
 

JohnWill

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You may have to go into Windows Disk Management and cleanup the whole disk, then use PM to format the larger FAT32 partition. I suspect the "CD Section" is done with non-standard formatting and/or partitioning, and is the issue here.

If that doesn't work, I'd take the drive out of the enclosure and run a disk ZAPPER on it, then partition and format it. :)
 
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