Solved: How to re-partition WD 320 gig external hard drive

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hipgabby

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Would like to have 40-50 gig sections/partitions in my WD 320 gig external USB hard drive (FAT32), but can't figure out how to do this. Used Partition Magic from my <Reference to illegal software removed> to partition my regular 20 gig hard drive in half (half is NTSF, Backup half is FAT32), wasn't that hard to figure out. Used Ghost to make a complete backup of my C: drive in case I screwed something up (burned an ISO file first). I'm running Windows 2000 Pro with SP 4.

However, nothing on that <Reference to illegal software removed> disk will recognize my WD external drive period (Partition Magic won't show it, Norton Ghost doesn't see it either). It's a Western Digital "My Book" drive....just plugs into one of my USB ports. Windows has no problem seeing it and my BIOS sees it too.

Now I'm stumped, probably cause I'm not very experienced with this. Have looked on the Internet a great deal, but what I've found is how to do this in XP, which doesn't do me any good. Can y'all help please?

Thanks in advance!

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Just use Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

But why FAT32?
 

hipgabby

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As for the FAT32, that's what a friend of mine recommended I do and he's more computer savvy than I am, so I did that. I'm beginning to think now that doesn't make sense.

Thanks for the directions for Disk Management, but what do I do after I get to Disk Management? I need step-by-step "destructions" please.

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Right-click on the partitions on that drive and remove all the partitions until it is all blank space. Then, right-click again and create new partitions the sizes you want. Unless this drive is going to be used on another computer that needs FAT32, I would suggest using the default NTFS formatting. FAT32 cannot store files over 4 GB's and is a lot less secure or stable than NTFS. Use the quick format option or it will take a long time.

After you get all your new drives created, you can right-click and change the drive letters if you want to.

Don't be afraid to just try it. You can't hurt anything on a blank drive and you will learn it quickly.
 

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Thanks so much Elvandil, worked just like you said it would. Can't believe how easy it was! Now all my drives are fixed, re-partitioned and are NTFS.

Thanks bunches to you too Hughv! Learned a lot in that article.

Thanks ever so much for all the help...problem solved!!

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I was pretty sure you would find it easy to do. No extra tools needed, at least for now.

Thanks for following up.
 
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