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Question about formatting a second hard drive to serve as a storage drive...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by starwolf39, Oct 13, 2003.

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  1. starwolf39

    starwolf39 Thread Starter

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    So I've got one 80GB drive that I use to store my Windows XP operating systems, all my programs, games, etc.

    I also have an 180GB drive that I want to partition into possibly 3 drives, one for music, another for movies, and another for game installation files.

    My question is, what exactly do I format the 3 partitions as? Extended, logical, primary, I have no idea which will make the drives stay "available." The problem is that once I finished partitioning the drives the first time, the next day the last 2 partitions became unavilable.

    Anyone got any ideas?
     
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  3. starwolf39

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    That didn't help me.

    I know HOW to format a disk using Partition Magic 8.0, but the problem is I don't know which type of partition to format each section to. The whole logical, extended, primary, etc. thing has confused me to the point where when I format the disk and partition it the last 2 partitions become corrupt and unreadable after a day.
     
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    You don't want primary. You should create an extended partition for the whole thing, once that's done, you create logical partitons within the extended partition until you have used all the space.
    So you would create an extended partition for the whole drive, then select the extended partition and create logical partitions within it to the sizes you want
     
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    OK, thanks very much. That's really all I needed to know.
     
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