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Solved: External Hdd stripdown

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  1. bri176

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    I have a LaCie 500gb external Hdd and I'm trying to put a NTFS partition on (It's FAT at present). Paragon 9 won't do it, PM8 won't recognise USB drive in DOS enviroment. If I strip it down will there be an ATA drive in there that I could put in a PC to partition it as a slave drive?
     
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    If all you want to do is to create an NTFS partition then Windows will do that without any third party utilities by simply using Disk Management.

    If there is no data on the drive simply delete the existing partition and create a new one. If there is data on the partition that you need to keep then copy it off the drive and then delete the FAT32 partition and create the new one.

    There's also a Convert program included with Windows XP that lets you convert a FAT32 partition to a NTFS partition with no data loss but it sometimes results in large cluster sizes and reduces the efficiency of the partition so deleting the existing partition and creating a new one is the best way to go.

    Disk Management: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000

    And yes, there shoudl be a regular 3.5" PATA IDE or SATA hard drive inside the enclosure that can be use internally.
     
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    Sorry I'm late wife and G kids arrived. Thats the problem, There is about 200Gb of data which I can't store anywhere and I need a NTFS partition on the drive. I will try to find convert then I might be able to swap data to each partition and format seperate each partition at a time. Many thanks will let you know if it works.
     
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    Got as far inputting volume label in CMD Prompt but whatever I put in it says it's wrong.
     
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    What is the drive letter and name of the drive in My Computer? As long as it matches it should work.
     
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    Figured it out.That was prob in Pm8 it said "Local Disk" thats what I was typing, so I typed in LACIE and it worked. Now it is NTFS. Oh Dear!!!! in Pm8 and Comp management both now recognise drive as LACIE but in My Computer there is no reference to it being there only C, D and E + the two DVD drives and Floppy.
     
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    Update: noticed there was no drive letter so I assigned one in Comp management et voila I can access all files ( thank God )Gonna try to create a partition now then format/swap data over/format other many thank s Trple6 for convert tip.
     
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