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Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

Question: Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..
 

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

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Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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 Me again       I have an external Western Digital 300GB hard drive that I have only used as storage basically. I only have a 6GB hard drive running my operating system. I try to put all my downloads etc. onto the external,  but I eventually have the same problem over and over.  I know there are ways to partition my 300GB so that I can run an OS on it but I don't know exactly how to do it, and I am so nervous I will mess up and lose files, etc. I need advise and/or instructions badly! Please help!                                         -Thanking you in advance,                                                  kimiisme

Answer:Partitioning my external hard drive

XP will not boot properly from an external HDD without an awful lot of messing around...this is by design.The best thing you could do is get a larger internal hard drive.You could then use the manuf. software that is Free with the hard drive to "clone" the 6G to the new drive and all your data and programs will be intact and you will now be booting up to the newer larger hard drive...Post back for more instructions if you decide this is what you want to do...

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hi looking for some help trying to partition an external drive .looking for some easier way to do so have a 500gb lacie hd but dont know if how to do so please help
 

Answer:external hard drive partitioning

Always start by removing the current partitions. You'll not have many chances to be sure your partitions are valid, so do this before you discover bad partitions after the data is present. After removing, create new ones. All this can be done in Disk Management.

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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I have an iMac 2.4Ghz Core Duo which I partitioned using Boot Camp with Leopard/Vista. I also have a 160 GB external hard drive that I want to partition as a backup for the MAC on one side and PC on the other. How do I do it?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Partitioning External Hard Drive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXqTHNwTbQc check these out and see if you can find what your looking for. great tutorials...Jazz
 

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hi am i able to do this...i want one half to be fat 32 and the other ntfs because i already have data on there i don`t want to loose thankyou

Answer:partitioning external hard drive

As far as I aware you can -
Plug in your USB hard drive into your PC then right click on your my computer icon and left click on "manage".
Choose storage then disk management (Local) and you should see your drive. Right click for options and partition the drive and choose how much you want to be Fat 32 then format that partition.
Do the same with what you left allocated for NTFS and format that and you're done

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I have a Dell Vostro 410 and Windows 7. I also have a Iomega external HD (LDHD-160) for backups.The Iomega currently has 2 partitions. I want to reformat back to no partitions. Can someone give me instructions on how to do this? Thanks much. Wilemar
 

Answer:De-partitioning of an external hard drive.

Start/control panel/administrative tools/computer management/storage/disk management.
Right click the drive and click delete volume.
Make sure you do the right drive.
You will need to repartition and format to use it again.
 

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I was thinking of getting two 250gb external hard drive but have now found one that is 500gb.

Is it possible to make two partitions on the 500gb drive and mirror them?

What is needed to do that?

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Hi

I have a Western Digital 500GB External Hard drive which I use to back up Windows Vista and all my important data. I have 100GB left. I was wondering if it would be safe to partition around 80GB of this free space to back-up my mac. Would I risk losing all the data on the main partition or would it be safe?

Thanks
 

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So, I have a 4TB external that I had originally formatted into 3.4TB in one FAT32 partition and the rest of the space on another FAT32 partition. Recently, I tried getting rid of the smaller partition and expanding the larger partition using Paragon Partition Manager. After this, the drive showed up normally on my Windows 7 computer as one partition occupying all of the space. On my Mac Mountain Lion computer however, it still showed two FAT32 partitions with the same space as before. This puzzled me greatly, so I used iPartition on my mac to make it all one partition again. Now on both my mac and Windows it showed one partition of 3.4TB and about 500MB of unallocated space (the amount of space my other partition had). So I used Paragon Partition Manager again to try to expand my first partition to occupy the rest of the space. In the middle of this process, I got an error saying "file system has allocation errors due to cross-linked files." Now the drive shows up in Disk Management in Windows, but not as a drive that I can access under computer. It does still show up on my Mac and all of the files seem to be intact still. I tried using it on my Playstation 3 for further testing, and it does not work as it used to. Sorry if all of this is confusing, as I am very confused myself. I would like to know if anyone could help me before I further tamper with the drive. I would greatly, greatly appreciate any help.
 

Answer:External Hard drive partitioning

First and foremost, NEVER alter/change partitions on a drive that contains data that you don't want to lose.

If the HDD is still useable by the Mac, use it to copy all of the data onto another HDD. Then you can partition and format the drive as needed.
 

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I recently purchased a usb 2.o hard drive enclosure that accepts 3.5" hard drives. In Windows XP it is recognised as a mass storage device but the drive itself needs partitioning/formatting before it can be used. My question is this: should I assign a drive path and letter when prompted to do so by disk management during the partitioning procedure? I am fairly reluctant to do this since I would prefer the drive letter to be assigned "on the fly" when I connect the enclosure/drive, similar to compact flash card readers, so that the available devices are labelled in a contiguous sequence, ie a,b,c,d,e,f, instead of a,b,c,d,e,r. Is this possible? The enclosure unfortunately has next to no documentation.Any help gratefully received.

Answer:Partitioning - external hard drive enclosures

yes it will need to beasigned a drive letter.

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I have a 500GB External hard drive and I am trying to partition it so I can use half of it for time machine and I want to setup the other half so it will work on both Mac and PC.I was reading that a FAT32 system doesn't support files over 4GB which I do not like.Time machine is important, for obvious reasons. The Mac/PC side of the hard drive needs to be connected to multiple computers, so I'm trying to do it without having to install programs on any of these computers, since most of them are for work.I have been trying to do it in disk utility, but I keep getting this error.Please help.[recovering disk space -- attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:Need Help Formattion and Partitioning External Hard Drive!

What type of partition are you making it?  It sounds like you are going with a "FAT" partition.  Is that correct?

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Hi,I just bought a WD Passport 250 GByte external USB drive.  Out of the box it is formatted as one 250Gig FAT32 partition.   I decided to divide it into 2 partitions, one for Win and the other for Mac (I have a Win XP desktop and a MacBook laptop).  The partitioning went as planned, but the Win partition is formatted NTFS which the Mac doesn't like and the Mac partition I fortmatted as Mac OS Extended which Win doesn't like.Big mistake !  I realise now that is not what I wanted because Macs can't work with NTFS and Win can't work with Mac formatting.  So, I want to go back to the whole drive being a single partition in FAT32 which would be accessible from both machines.Can anyone please tell me how I can do that ?  Format the whole drive as a 250 Gig FAT32.  When, in Computer Management, I try to create a single partition, it makes it NTFS by default, not what I want.Thanks in advance for any advice. 

Answer:(Un-)partitioning WD Passport external hard drive

I would use the Data Lifeguard tools from WD to accomplish this ...prepare it as a new drive and you will be given a choice early on to select FAT32....There are some issues with those drives containing built in DRM protections...I'd suggest DO NOT install the software that ships with the drive.The Data Lifeguard tools will not do this so you are safe there. DLoad them from WD's site FREE.More Reading on that drive and the DRM protections issue...

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Have just purchased Acronis true image 2010 and seagate expansion external hd (1tb) as thought it time to make a back up of files, system etc in fact everything!

As I am considering also getting an additional pc for another member of family, is it possible to partition the new hd in half (500gb)so that I can back up my existing pc and then do same for the new one, and if so, HOW please.
I have Vista and new one will probably be Windows 7

I have not put the software in yet as not sure whether I partition hd first.
Any help would be appreciated
 

Answer:Solved: partitioning an external hard drive ??

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Hi, I want to format my ext. hardrive so I can put multiple OS on it But i dont know how to partition it, I done a long format which took a few hours, but when i got back to Disk mangement there is no "black bar" or unallocated space.

there is not a option when i right click to create a new partition
what am I missing?
 

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Ok... I think I have tried everything.

I just purchased a WD 80g hard drive with a USB 2.0 enclosure, but I can not get it to work!

When plugged in (to XP Home) it goes thru the new hardware and comes up as a USB Mass Storage device. It does not show up in My Computer. It is listed in devices as: SDC SD80 )BB-15JKA0 USB Device

I can not partition it thru Computer Management (control panel) under Disk Management it does not even show up, healthy or otherwise!

I then took the drive out of the enclosure, installed it in my desktop and Fdisk, partitioned it and formated it. All good when installed straight. I put it back in the enclosure and all the same thing happen as above!

I really hope I have not invested in a paper weight...please help!

Rob
 

Answer:Solved: USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (enclosure) Partitioning?!?!

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I use W7 Home Premium and would like to make a backup of my entire system. I will use the image method and the combination of my C and D discs are about 125GB total. It appears to me that this Seagate will do the job, however, I would like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks

Answer:Seagate 250GB USB External Drive

You can get a 1TB external hd for $75. Why limit yourself. You can store an image of your hd, as well as back it up. Will the 250GB be ok? Yes. But go ahead and get the larger drive.
**GO 82nd - All the way! **

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I have just bought this external drive and am trying to download the driver onto my laptop from the WD website, as I am running Windows 98SE. I have found the WD Essentials USB 2.0 driver and when I click the DOWNLOAD button a small screen appears with a blue line across the top and the words "File Download". However this box just flashes on and off all the time and locks up the computer. The only way to get rid of it is to switch the power off. I have enabled pop-ups as requested, and have also disabled Norton Antivirus 2005. I have no firewall. I have tried a number of times without success. Can you please help? Many thanks.

Answer:Western Digital USB 2.0 250GB external drive

I have just downloaded it without problems, aristo, if you wish I can email it to you, it's a 2MB zip file.

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pls. help. my dell dimension 8200 desktop is not detecting i/o magic 250gb external drive. i plug it in to the USB and nothing happens. the device is on, my USB is working with other devices. but when i plug in the external drive nothing happens.

i've tried to get help from the manufacturer but everything that they've told me to do is not working.
- downloaded the drivers and still nothing.

i'm in dire need of assistance.
 

Answer:i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

You may want to check the drive on another computer because it should just be plug and play.

I guess there's a chance the drive is not partitioned or formated, If you you go to Disk Management does it show the drive? How about in Device Manager, is it listed there or are there any errors showing?

http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
 

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My laptop Dell Latitude D830 running XP Pro does not recognize the external Seagate 250 gb drive, even under device Manager. I?ve tried it under Slave, Master and Cable-Select Option but with no success. Any ideas? Periodically I hear from the disk a click about one second apart. Probably it?s gone bad, so if it has crashed, how can I recover data on it? How can I get XP recognize it?

Answer:XP Pro doesn't recognize external SG 250gb drive

Have you tried connecting the drive to another PC?

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I have been using this USB drive for some time. I have it divided in to three seperate partitions, but recently (and this is the second time this has happened) XP will no longer detect the already existing partitions on the drive. I am able to see the drive in device manager, it shows up as a WD 2500JB External USB Device, as well as in the manage option when right clicking My Computer. However in the manage window it shows the whole drive as unallocated space. I know that there are files on there, (several GB's of customer backups.) it was there just yesterday. Any ideas on how to get Xp to pull it's head out and see these partitions?

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I've previously added two home made external disks, a 120Gb IBM and a 300Gb Maxtor, to my Medion PC (Pentium 3Ghz, 18 months old) without any problem. I'm trying to add a 250Gb Hitachi Deskstar but nothing happens - even the fact that a USB device has been plugged in is not recognised. As soon as I replace the disk with a 40Gb Maxtor, it all works fine, so the case and connections don't appear to be a problem. I've replaced the Deskstar, thinking it was faulty, but exactly the same happens with the new disk and Add New Hardware doesn't find anything. I'm on XP Home. Has anybody got any suggestions, please?

Answer:External Drive - 40Gb disk works but not 250Gb

I have experienced similar problems in the past and found that the drive had to be jumpered 'master' for the USB to see it.

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I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250GB drive for a friend a few days ago. I was able to get it connected to a machine running Windows XP SP2 just fine and I could see the drive ok. I noticed about 18GB or so was "used" even though there was only one 73MB PDF file visible when I viewed the drive contents. The drive has 232GB of free space, I believe.

I understand not all 250GB will be available for user data but is it reasonable for 18GB to be consumed by filesystem info?

Thanks!

Peace...
 

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WD 250GB MyBook External Disk Drive can be detected but cannot be explored

I neeeeed your help on this. I have been --up and down looking around for a solution. Many did came through-- but I don't know which is which.
 

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If I attach my 250gb hard drive to a 6 yr old mobo, should it recogise it?I purely want to be able to run the maxtor powermax dos util software and won't be booting into windows at all.thanks.

Answer:250gb hard drive and 6yr old mobo

Only way to find out is try it.

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I attempted to add a 250 GB hard drive to my PC, 3.0 Ghz, GA-8S648FX MB with 1 Gig DDR Ram. When I boot my PC and go into the bios, it sees the PC, however when the PC boots it doesn't show it in control panel or in "My Computer". I am running Windows XP Pro 2nd Edition and am frustrated. I have the most current bios for my motherboard and Gigabyte says it should be no problem on their end. So what am I doing wrong? I have tried both setting drives as Cable Select and also Master/Slave. I have tried setting it up with the original Windows XP Pro disk but it only sees 137MB. Any ideas? I got a real good deal so I bought 2 of these 250 GB drives for my PCs, too bad they can't see the. BTW, both PCs are the same motherboard only difference is that one of the PCs is a 2.8 Ghz CPU (INTEL). Thanks

Answer:PC won't format 250GB hard drive

Try going to the drive manufacturers website and download their tools and use this to format. There is an issue with drives above 137mb but I thought this was solved with XP.

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Hello, We have a customer who has an R40 that we replaced the drive with at their request for more drive space. The biggest drive we could go with was a 250GB drive. Since we installed the drive, the R40 has found it way back to the shop a couple times for a bad hard drive. We use only NEW drives. The drives have been WD 250 ide notebook drives. The original drive was a 40GB in size. In talking with a colleague form another shop, he suggested that the power supply and battery could play some role in this problem. The laptop battery does not hold a charge. The OS is XP Pro with SP2, the computer does see the entire 250GB when installed, this is seen in My Computer and in the BIOS. Can anyone give a suggestion as to what might be causing the larger drives to not last in the R40. The R40 isa Type 2723-LU2. I would appreciate any advice in troubleshooting this. It could be time for her to move to a new laptop. Thanks, Peter

Answer:R40 on it's third 250GB hard drive in four months

well i don't think the R40 has the shock protection system that came in the later T and R series. This means if the laptop experience constant shocks of some magnitude, this may cause faults to develop in the larger hdd, as the fault tolerance level of these new drives are slightly less than the smaller capacity drives. Usually bad sectors or other mechanical faults may develop, if the the drive head routinely crashes into the platter.   

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Hi beautiful people,

Currently im using a 60gb partition for windows 7 32 bits ultimate in a SATA HD (AIHC mode), i've been told in the past that it is not recommended to use the entire HD as one partition cause slows the system (the needle works more), is that still true?

Answer:Windows 7 in a 250GB Hard Drive

To a certain extent yes, It is better to have one partition in the top of your drive to hold your system files (programs, drivers, etc) and another partition to hold your data. This will help your system run faster.

However, you cannot just rely on this alone. You should do regular disk cleanup using a program like CCleaner (don't use the registry cleaner option) and defragment your hard drive regularly as well.

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i recently bought an internal seagate 250gb hard drive and when i installed it it is only finding 232gb i was wondering how i can access the other 18gbs if that is possible. i have seen the 137gb barrier but not something like this. all help would be appreciated.

Answer:250gb hard drive not full 250

its the way that windows reports space compared to the hdd manufactures. the hd manufactures report a meg as 1000 KB, while windows reports it as 1024 KB. no over a large amount of storage (say 80gb) the number will shrink, but the space is still there (will be reported as 74.5GB in windows). so what you have is normal.

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I am new to this forum and have a question.

I have a new computer with Windows 7 home basic on it and all works well. Except the external harddrive of Iomega 250GB USB 2.0. The computer doesn?t see the drive. On this drive is are the backups of files that I want to install on this new computer.
How can I solve this problem? I googled for drivers but cannot find anything.

Answer:Iomega 250GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive

it shows nothing at all in computer? what if you unplug the usb then plug it back in again while windows is running? does anything happen?

and please fill in your system specs it may help if someone else sees this thread

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Hello guys.. newbie here.. just want to seek help regarding HARD Drive replacement , for some reason my laptop wont boot upit only does lights (LED) but will not continue to boot or show the logo/ BIOS so we suspected probably HArdisk problem - in that sense we decided just to BUY a new hard drive and replace the existing 160GB with a 250GB.. Now im not sure if this is compatible enough with the MoBO..and the bios..MODEL : LENOVO 3000 G430 just bought it 4months ago here in Hong Kong.. Advice & tips is appreciated. http://www.vatgia.com/pictures_fullsize/tut1254386189.jpg

Answer:is it ok to put a 250GB Hard drive replacement?

You probably can't update the bios in the machine's current condition and if it's only 4 months old that's probaly unwarranted.Check the size to make sure it slot 1, 2 or 3 ( Different thickness) and bring the old HD with you to the store.Also check to see if the HD is IDE, SATA or PATA. It should say on the HD. If not then check out the spec sheets for your machine. Didn't save them? Try doing a search on here. Good luck with that though, I've seen rubber duckies drown with the level of support that Lenovo offers.Ensure that you have the recovery disks or make them any way you can.Good luck to ya bro.

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Hi all, hopefully someone can help?Approx 2 years ago i bought a Medion portable hard drive from my local Aldi. Everything has been fine until today when the connection seems loose. If i connect the hard drive to the cable and plug it into my laptop the hard drive turns on, but the laptop doesn't recognise it, and says its malfunctioned.How do i go about fixing it if at all, and have i lost everything on my portable hard drive.Many thanks,Chris

Answer:Medion 250gb Hard Drive

You could probably disconnect the drive and use it in another external caddy.Before buying another caddy you need to know whether the drive is a SATA or PATA (IDE) probably a SATA if only two years old.

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Greetings,
I have been helping neighbour with their Lenovo-b50-80. It originally came with Windows 8.1 and I have upgraded it to Windows 10 and after a few hiccups is working perfectly.
The next stage of upgrading this laptop is to clone the 500GB original drive to a 250GB Samsung SSD using Aomei Backupper Standard 3.2 and Aomei Partition Assistant 6.0

When I go to Disk Management I find that the disk has 6 partitions. Most of which are probably linked to recovering the OS back to Win 8.1
I would like to get rid of all unessential disk space and so I thought I would ask for your suggestions.
At this moment all the files including Windows.old are located on the C: drive.
Many thanks,
s.


 

Answer:Resizing Hard-drive To Clone To 250gb Ssd

So I found https://support.lenovo.com/gb/en/documents/ht077144. Towards the end of the page is this image;




Which is 2 partitions short of the Lenovo in #1. The 2 missing 1. Lenovo D: drive NTFS partition and 2. 1000MB partition.
Maybe I should keep them all...
s.
 

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Hi all,

A friend of mine is having problems with a 250GB Seagate Hard drive.

It was bought from a computer shop and they fitted it for him. When he took it home the computer didnít recognise it. It then recognised it as 250gb, but his Windows OS wouldnít work properly (it would some times work and other times wouldnít).

He had the drive refreshed, re-formatted and had the partitions removed and rebuilt. Its then that 130GB disappeared.

Does anyone know what may have caused this (sorry I havenít given much info, but this is all I know) and if so, whether itís fixable. I have suggested that the drive be taken back to the shop that it was bought from, under warranty.

If you need any more info, please ask, and I will try and find out.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:250GB Hard drive only shows 120GB.

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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I previously used windows xp and just went and bought a new hard drive and windows 10 usb. Im confused. I installed the hard drive along with my old master drive, using it as slave i presume. Will it auto partition the new hard drive

Answer:Clean install on a new 250gb hard drive/

no instructions came with the hard drive

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I have recently fitted a Hitachi Deskstar 250gb Hard drive(model:HDS722525VLAT80) to my computer.

After Re-instaling windows (xp) the drive was showing as 125gb.

I have been told this is because windows xp will only support 125gb without service pack 2.

I have now downloaded SP2. but it still shows as 125gb.

Any ideas what I can do to fix this????????????
 

Answer:250gb Hard drive shows as 125gb

When you partitioned and formatted the drive, it didn't have any service packs, so it limited the format to what you see. If you go into Disk Management, you'll find that you now have about half the drive listed as "Unallocated". You can create a partition on this section and format it, then it will be available for use as a new drive letter.
 

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Ok guys the story so far i have recieve my new 250GB hard drive my bios recognises it as a primary and a slaveall ok so far, XP doesnt recognise it in my computer settings but does if you go to control panel system then device manager any ideas below previous postingP.s. how do you turn below in to the words CLICK HEREclick here

Answer:Hard Drive + Cables 250Gb Continued

You need to go to right click on My Computer and choose 'Manage' then Disk management.You will see the drive in the list. Right click on the left hand box and choose 'initialize'. When this is done right click on the right hand side and choose 'New partition'. When you have done this right click again and choose 'Format'

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I bought a Seagate hybrid hard drive listed at 250GB. when I look at the disk using Acronis disk Director it show the disk size as 110GB. I know the actual size is usually smaller than the listed size but more than 50% smaller? Seems bogus to me.
 

Answer:250GB hard drive only shows 110GB

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Hello, I've recently done a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate and one of my harddrives is not showing up correctly. The harddrive itself is my Local Disk D, it hasn't got any system files on it however it is displaying at the wrong size:

The problem lies in the fact that on boot my Computer's BIOS detects the harddrive as a 233GB harddrive. This is not a problem as I understand that the harddrive itself isn't the exact size as what it says on the box, however the Windows 7 installation and Windows itself only detects the harddrive as being 148gb.

What I've Tried Doing:
I've tried different things to resolve this issue. I've looked at the Disk Management, but there are no extra partitions and I've also looked at the harddrive in Partition Manager which again only picked up 149gb and no unallocated space.
I've run a partition recovery tool in Partition Manager which did not detect any lost partitions containing the rest of the harddrive.
My System:


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BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/23/03 17:35:41 Ver: 08.00.09
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Memory: 2046MB RAM
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Answer:IDE Maxtor 250gb Hard drive Problem.

Hello samboyd93. Welcome to the forum.

The only thing I can think of is that the drive is set as a SATA2 drive on an older computer that only does SATA1 (please fill in your "My System Specs" to help avoid these kinds of guesses) although I doubt it.

If you look at the back of the HDD there are jumper pins. Setting a jumper sets the SATA speed on most drives. You may need to consult the HDD's documentation to see what the different jumper positions do. Every manufacturer has a different setup.

I would try setting the drive as SATA1 to test. But both drives should be at the same setting. Also try plugging the problem drive into a different port or using a different SATA cable. Can't hurt, might help.

You should also go into your BIOS and check the settings for that drive and compare them to the settings for the other drive. They should be the same.

Hope that helps.

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Hi there, I've got a 250gb maxtor HD and it can't be detected in bios or something is wrong. WHENEVER its connected (either on its own or with another drive), it says "error loading OS".
(PC boots fine with my other Maxtor 120gb HD)

On some sites it says to set Bios HD Access to LARGE instead of auto/lba etc

BUT - my bios doesnt show me such a setting when i go into HD config screen. I know what screen it should be on, but believe me, there is no "large" option for HD access.

Motherboard = MSI MS-6567


Can someone pls help me?? Thanks so much

Dom
 

Answer:BIOS won't recognise 250gb Hard Drive

Well, error loading OS only shows that it can't load an OS. Do you have an OS on that drive?
At bootup, your BIOS should list the drives it detects. Do you see the Maxtor in the list (next to the optical drive)?

That's a rather old motherboard. It could be that it simply does not support hard drives larger than ~130GB. And I can't see a BIOS update that would fix it either.. You can try updating to the latest BIOS and hope that it fixes the problem of course.
 

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Aloha,
I just bought a Hitachi 250GB HDD 7200rpm, 8MB cache on sale today and have a few questions. Is this HDD any good? The sale was for a 200GB Hdd but they ran out and gave me this one for the same price (149.99-80.00 rebate=69.99). I thought it was a good deal for the price and I want to use it as a storage for my files. What would be the best way to partition this hdd? TIA

Asus P4C800E Deluxe Mother board.
CPU P4/3.0GHz 800M 478P/512K HT RT
1 meg ram.
Windows Professional XP2

Mahalo,
doogdoog
 

Answer:Solved: Hitachi HDD 250GB Partitioning Question

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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Hi there,

My Sister owns a ASUS laptop running Windows Vista and has a portable hard drive (WD 250GB) which she uses to back up her files and to store her business files and personal files (music, photos, videos etc.) however, i plugged it into my MacBook to transfer files onto it. Now when i try to plug it back into her Asus, it doesn't recognise it and when "Computer" is opened the hard drive is displayed as "Local Disk (G". I am able to double click the text, but a window pops up saying "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it." But i do not want to format the hard drive because the files on it aren't backed up. I've tried plugging it back into my MacBook, but that doesn't recognise it either.

Any help would be fantastic!

Thanks
 

Answer:WD 250GB Portable Hard Drive requesting format

you may need to rename it as for example in her comp that may have been E drive and in mac F drive so drives have gotten mixed up
try vista disc management if you can see it there change drive letter, or try in safe mode, ie connect drive with comp off then re boot into safe mode
 

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Hi, Im new to the forums.

Im having problems with my external harddrive i backed up all my data so i could sort out my virus problem which i used the removal of viruses guide on this site. After, my computer was "cleaned" i plugged in my harddrive and and it was recongnized by Vista but when i try to move all my data back to where it belongs it wont move back. Could this be a virus problem or is my system in need off a proper virus "hunt" and a good virus "clean". i can access the files they just wont go on my computer

Thanks,

Sam

Could it be my hard drive infected with a virus is so tell me how to remove it

Answer:WD 250GB hard drive wont move my files

What happens when you try to transfer files? Do you get an error message? You'll need to be more specific than 'it doesn't work'

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Ive been reading around and noticed that problems like this are fairly common. Im having troubles finding something that applies to me. I have a Dell Dimensin 8100 P4 1.4 GHZ, its sorta old i guess, it was a relatively new P4 computer i think. I just bought a Hitachi GSX 250GB ATA-100 IDE 8MB Buffer hard drive and havent been able to get it to be recognized at more than 127GB. I tried updating my BIOS (went from Revision A02 to AO9) but that didnt make any difference on the drive. DO i have to wipe the drive and start over with the blank drive or what? I also read that XP Home needs SP1 to recognized more than 127GB so i downloaded SP2 and it didnt make a difference. If anyone can clear up why this isnt working thatd be great.Thanks Alot
Brian
 

Answer:Solved: 250GB Hard Drive Only Showing as 127GB

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I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, its an older IDE drive. I just formatted the drive and disk manager only shows it with 26.9GB and no other unallocated space. Is there any way to reclaim the lost space or is this a typical sign of a drive on its last legs?

Answer:250GB hard drive newly formatted only showing 26.9GB

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
See what mini tool shows
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

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I recently upgrade my PC, and have installed a NEW 250 GB S-ATA Hard drive.
My bios has been upgraded, and when in the BIOS setup it recognizes the drive as what it should be, 250GB, When I was installing XP and creation a partition thru the intall progam it only let me setup a 131GB partition. I set up a 100GB partition and left the rest to play with afterwards. In the Computer management/disk manager in XP I have my 100GB partition and only 30GB of unallocated space to work with.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this problem?

Shamus

Answer:250GB Hard drive, Windows only allows 131GB partitionable

Since this was a fresh install you need to add SP2. XP came out with a 137G limitation which was addressed with SP1. SP2 has replaced SP1.

If you only want a single 250G partition there are a couple of ways to address it.

1) Install SP2 and then run Partition Magic to resize the primary partition to pick up the extra 150G.

or
2) Slipstream SP2 into your copy of XP and then start over from scratch with a fresh install.
Chas

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Hi,

I'd like to upgrade my current HD to the Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive. My computer is 7 years old this June, so I'm curious about whether it's compatible or not. My current HD's specs are located here: http://support.mpccorp.com/apps/specs.asp?ID=1971

Specifically: Embedded Controller Interface: (40 pin) EIDE
Physical Dimensions (H x W x D): 1" x 5.78" x 4"

I have the most recent BIOS update for my computer which was released in 2002. I run XP SP2, PIII 735 MHz, 256 Megs RAM. Do you think this upgrade would work or would I just need to toss the idea and get a new computer?

Also, the HD's specs are located here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8004679&type=product&id=1155848396138

Thanks so much,
James
 

Answer:Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra ATA Hard Drive

The 7200 hard drive wil give better data transfer, but on your system, p111, 735mhz, increasing your ram would help, I would say, more.
XP runs better with more memory.
Upgrading to a later cpu, and motherboard, would give your old pc, a new lease of life.
 

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I'm trying to upgrade from the 30GB Toshiba harddrive that came with the unit to a Western Digital Scorpio Blue 250GB EIDE drive.
I take the swap the 30GB out for the 250GB put in a bootable version of XP SP3 CD-ROM and nothing - no sign that any power is getting to the drive.
The CDROM tries to write boot files to the hard drive but nothing happens.

Same thing happens when I try to use the 3cd pack from Toshiba or the recovery CD from Norton Ghost.
The computer is not seeing the drive. Put the old 30GB drive in and it boots up right away.

My BIOS settings show it to be set up for EIDE and to boot from the CDROM. What steps am I missing?

Answer:Satellite 2410 wont see new 250GB hard drive

Hi

It looks like the BIOS does not recognize the new HDD? I assume it?s too large?
The Satellite 2410 series is old and I assume it will not support bigger HDD?s than 120GB due to the 28bit LBA

So try with smaller HDD like 80GB or 100GB.

Greetings

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Hi,
Can anyone out there please help me?! I've just done something terrible and very stupid. I was using Disk Utility on Leopard to partition my external hard drive to create a partition for rebooting from. There was about 250 Gb of backed up files already on the disk. Anyways, I clicked apply and 2 seconds later the disk appears with 2 partitions and zero data- all my files have disappeared!!! Oh no!!!

Is there any way to get those files back?? What can I do?? Please help!

Thanks for any help.

Arch*
 

Answer:Help please! Re-partitioning mac external hard disk- all files lost

I have no experience with Macs, but it can sometimes be done in Window, and the only one I can se that might help is Testdisk (I have not used this myself, so ...)
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
And here
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
Download from majorgeeks
http://www.majorgeeks.com/TestDisk_&_PhotoRec_d5561.html
 

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I'd like to get a 250GB SSD in my T450s when I order it, but Lenovo is charging $280 for the upgrade. So I'm thinking to order a T450s with a conventional 500GB spinning hard drive and buy a Crucial 256GB SSD elsewhere for $105. I would save $175 plus have a 500GB hard drive which I could erase and format and put into an external enclosure and use for other stuff. My question is -- I'm going to order the T450s with the Windows 7 Professional installation, so can I easily swap out the 500GB hard drive for the Crucial 256GB SSD (I'm ordering from elsewhere), and reinstall/recover Windows 7 Pro from recovery discs? I'm assuming that recovery discs are included or can be downloaded. Or, could I restore to the Crucial 256GB SSD from the recovery partition on the 500GB hard drive? How would I do this? 

Answer:Order T450s with 500GB hard drive, upgrade to 250GB SSD

Download and install Macrium Reflect.  There's a free version that makes clones.  Clone the factory drive to the SSD, then swap it out.  You don't get recovery disks.   The recovery software, though, has the option of creating a recovery disk set from the recovery partition that is installed on the drive.  So, you could burn the disks and put them away as your recovery solution.  When you clone the factory drive, you have the option of selecting which partions to include on the cloned drive.  If you've burned the disks first, you can simply not select the recovery partition (which is typically lettered "Q") and just clone the system reserved and Windows partitions and save yourself the disk space on the SSD. Once you've got it set up to your satisfaction, and you have the disks, then format the factory drive to use for your other purposes. 

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I am trying to install an hitachi hard drive into dell 4600 my bios auto detects but when I go into my computer in windows xp the drive doesn't show up... Can any one help me???
 

Answer:Solved: Installing Hitchi 250gb hard drive in dell 4600

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?
 

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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I have managed to partition a Seagate external hard drive attached to my home PC in order to allow for taking an image of my hard drive (Macrium). I did this by using standard Windows XP (Home) Disc Management tools. I then wanted to duplicate the imaging process on the office PC which has Windows XP Professional. For this purpose I purchased a Maxtor OneTouch4 external drive which comes with standard (One Touch) backup software. Onto this disc I have copied some data but the disc is still 99% free.

Trouble is that Windows XP Disk Management fails to reveal any unallocated space on the OneTouch4 drive which can be partitioned. The Maxtor support centre tells me that XP is unable to do this - which contradicts my experience with the other PC. They suggest that I wipe everything from the disc and start from new which would then allow partitioning. I would obviously have to find somewhere else to store the data before doing this which would be a bind.

The alternative they say is to download some dedicated partitioning software from the net (they are not allowed to name names) which would allow me to partition WITHOUT first wiping everything - but that if I choose the wrong program it would result in lost data. Can anyone suggest what the best course is and what software, preferably freeware since it is a one-off, would do the job?
 

Answer:Partitioning problems - external drive

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Probably/maybe purchasing a Windows 7 PC very shortly. Any comments on the capability or otherwise of the inbuilt Windows 7 partitioning? Also if this is practical, can that inbuilt facility partition an external hard drive? Alternatively what are the best options? I do want to partition.

Answer:Windows 7 partitioning external drive

To answer your questions in orderWindows 7 disk management = goodYes -I'm afraid I cannot mind read :0) however I only partition to separate my operating system from my data in case of a windows crash, my data is split into folders for ease of finding.

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The Acer C: drive is now full and the Data D: drive is empty, but it is not recognizing it automatically. This computer is my brother's, he bought it new and has it at my house. It came formatted with no disc's and I'm not sure where his books for it are. Can anyone tell me how to activate the second hard drive so I can use itunes and download video, etc.

It would be very much appreciated. My brother uses the computer here but it has been here for at least 3 years maybe and the book is misplaced. He mostly uses it for youtube, facebook, and stuff like that and is less computer educated than I am at tech stuff, which isn't saying much.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

Answer:Aspire AST690-UP925A 250GB SATA hard disk first drive full and won't go to 2nd

Boot into Bios, usually by hitting F8 as soon as the POST screen appears and see if the hard drives are both recognised. If the spare drive does not show in the Bios it either has a fault or it is not correctly connected.

What OS is on the PC.
 

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 250GB will not backup after pluging it into USB ports I get message no external drive selected. I'm running Vista home premium service pack 2 The last time I used it it worked fine (Plug it in & automatically backs up) It does show in Computer & I can oped it there I tried reinstalling it but I get message like ( newer version allready installed) I checked USB Ports & they are working Attached two pics please...... HELP
 

Answer:Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 250GB "no external drive selected"

This is really a question for Maxtor customer support, since the drive works in windows the drive is fully working as far as my help goes, notice the maxtor helper doesn't detect any drives and you have many connected, I would first try reinstalling and updating the maxtor application, I would also try removing some of the other drives you have connected since there are Five.

Try this, go to control panel, admin tools, computer management , diskmanagement , right click drive and make sure your backup partition is marked as active, since it shows in my computer it should already be.

Right click the drive in computer,properties, security and make sure you have full admin privileges.
 

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?

Thanks!
Sonya

Answer:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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I have just bought and installed (to the point of completing initialization under Disk Management) a new 1 TB hard drive. Originally, I was planning to use it solely for data storage.

However, I am thinking of installing Windows XP Pro and all the programs I currently use on it, thereby making it the new OS and programs drive, while using the original 120 GB HD as a data/backup drive.

I think the main appeal of doing this, for me, is that it also presents an opportunity to reinstall Windows on a machine which hasn't had this done for more than three years, and which currently seems to take at least five minutes to boot to a "usable" state, despite having a reasonably high spec for its age (it was bought in 2001, but as a result of the upgrade I did in 2006 which led to the last Windows install, it has a 2.4 GHz AMD chip, an Asus A8N-E motherboard, 3 GB of DDR2 RAM, 7600-series PCI-E graphics card).

This has put me in a quandary with regard to whether I should use the new HD as the OS drive, and if I do whether I should partition it and, if I do that, which drive letter(s) I should assign to it.

I don't appear to be able to choose 'C' as the new drive letter under the New Volume Wizard (I can't even choose 'F' since I have an 250 GB external USB backup drive currently assigned as the F: drive). If I choose 'G' (the earliest letter of the alphabet currently available), must it remain hereafter the G: drive, even if I do... Read more

Answer:Installing new hard drive; partitioning and drive letter issues

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I am about to reformat my hd and would like to set up XP in its own parition, programs in another and files and documents in another. I have a number of questions That I hope you can help me with.1. What sort of sizes would you recomend for each partition (my hard drive is 120GB)?2. Is it possable to move the MY DOCUMENTS and PROGRAM FILES into their own partitions?3. Finally How do you set all the documents and files up so that they can be shared over a network?Thank you for your help! Cheers S

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

1) I use a 6GB system partition just so I can have a 1GB swap file and 1Gb for hibernation2) Program files - I wouldn't do it2) My Documents yes. Right click My doc from explorer and select 'Properties' then 'Move'3) Right click the folder to share, click 'Sharing' Use the instructions there. You can do it manually as well but it's so long since I did it, I can't remember the security messages you get along the way son won't even try.Good luck

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Hi there,

Not sure if this is strictly an OS question, but I found this forum most appropriate. Just bought a new laptop with a 640GB hard drive. The OS and all Program Files are found on C:, which has a capacity of about 90GB. The rest is partitioned between D:, F:, and G: drives. I find that as I install more programs (games, etc), the C: drive is reaching capacity, with the increasing requirement of the program files.

Must games be installed into the Program Files on the C: drive? Or can they functionally be installed elsewhere? I attempted to resize the partitions to increase the C: drive, but had some problems. What would be the best way to take advantage of all my space, without maxing out my boot drive? (C: )

Thanks for your help.

Tom
 

Answer:Hard Drive Partitioning

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i just picked up a 30 GB hard drive from a 2000 compaq presario (luckily it worked!) and i partitioned it with 20 GB going to XP Pro, and have 10 GB remaining.

How would i install windows 2000 SP4 on the leftover 10 GB?
Unfortunately, my 2000 disc is a CD-R, so it doesnt have a boot image.
How would i make a boot image? MagicISO?
The only "real" OS i have is windows 95, and windows xp.

Answer:hard drive partitioning

it should just create a dual boot menu automatically when win2000 installs on the blank space if XP pro is already installed.

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Quote: Originally Posted by whs







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The question I have is once I am ready to image my hard drive (C drive and D drive) do I also make images of "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)"? If so do I include the C drive, "RECOVERY" and "39 MB Healthy (OEM Partition)" in one image (if thats even possible) or separate?



1. The 39MB partition I would not image on a regular basis - maybe once just to have it. That is most likely the tools partition for the BIOS tools.

2. In your case, the recovery partition is iffy because it contains the bootmgr. That I would also image once. Make sure you do not declare the C partition as active when you restore the image of C. Also do not replace the MBR.

Maybe at one point in time you want to fix the C partition so that it is active and deactivate the recovery partition. For guidance I suggest you start a different thread.

3. You can image several partitions in one shot. That does not mean that you have to restore them all together. In your case though, I would suggest that you create one definition where you image the 39MB partition and the recovery partition together - and stick those into a seperate folder.
Then make another definition (which creates an XML file) for the C partition and stick those images into another folder. If you want to schedule the imaging of the C partition, right click on that XML ... Read more

Answer:Help with Partitioning My Hard Drive

Many here may disagree, but I Imaged my Dell which is set up like yours. I imaged each partition seperately and then imaged the entire drive. That way I have it any way I need it.

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My P.C.runs with M.E operating system and i recently installed a new second 40g/byte hard drive to go with my existing 20g/byte drive.I made the new drive master and existing one slve.After installation i transferred all my files over to the new one using the Maxtor installer/copying disc.this was done without any hitches,but when i now boot up,the information shown under windows explorer is C drive 37.2g/bytes,a D drive showing 9.52g/bytes and a E drive,showing 9.52g/bytes.I have tried changing this,using fdisk,but when i ask for it to show the partition information for the second drive,it shows it as 100% usage,ie 19540m/bytes.At no stage have i partitioned the existing drive.Has something happened during the file transfer?.Although this is no detriment,i would like my system to show the slave as one partition and not two.Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

The only way you can undo this without starting from scratch again is by using something like 'Partition Magic'.

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While I had windows XP I partitioned my hard drive and had ubuntu running side-by-side with windows.
When I tried that with windows Vista ubuntu wiped out everything and took over the whole drive.
How can I partition my hard drive and install ubuntu without losing win 10? I have a solid state drive if that makes any difference.

Answer:partitioning hard drive

I am assuming that you have Windows 10 installed using MBR partition scheme.
Download and install Macrium Reflect Free . Make a backup image of current Windows to an external HD, just in case things go wrong then you can restore Windows back to the way it was,From Disk Management, shrink your HD for UBUNTU installation, usually 20GB is enough.Follow this Video to install UBUNTU. This procedure separates GRUB and Windows Boot Manager so that if any update from either OS won't interfere with each other.

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Hi guys,
I've got a hard drive here that was used in a failed image operation a few months ago. it's one of my three beloved external hard drives, and I'd like it put back the way it was, namely having 500 GB on one big partition (hence it's name). The support staff who were helping me with this failed image operation heedlessly split it unevenly, the image (or more accurately, file dump) of my former OS is there. I want that gotten rid of, yet I do not want the valuable space allocated to that partition lost. The data? That's what I want gone, not the space on the drive. Right now, the partitions on the drive are as follows: OS (285 GB), and 500 (thee original, with only 93 GB) left. It's the OS partition I want to join to the 500 partition to make one as I bought the drive three years ago. I've been looking for partition managers that do not require running within a bootable environment, considering I do not have the vision to do that (I use a screen reader), I've checked out Easeus Todo Backup, found it very inaccessible with screen readers, which leads me to assume that all of their products bring on the same issue. Any advice on how I can get this to work with possibly free tools if you can think of any? I mean, you can list comertial tools as well, I'd just prefer it if they were free. Thanks.

Chromebuster

Answer:hard drive here that needs a partitioning job

One free program that I can think of off hand is Gparted partitioning software.

The programs name is pronounced GEE PARTED

I have used it before to delete an unwanted partition that Linux had created on one of my hard drives and was amazed it seen a partition that windows based software alone could not see or manipulate.

Here is the link to the download and support page.

http://gparted.org/

Hope this helps.

Bruce.

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i recently bought a desktop computer with win xp preinstalled on it. the problem is that the hard drive only has one single partition with the os installed on it. the size is 160 gb and i want to have at least 3 partitions. is there any way that i can still partition the drive without reinstalling everything? thanks!
 

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Hey all. I recently posted about a pretty extensive list of problems I was experiencing and decided to just buy a new PC. I felt it was time for an upgrade anyway. Now, my new HDD is 1TB and it's all one partition. I just plugged my old HDD along side it and I am currently just copying some data over to my new one. The old HDD is split into 2 partitions.. (Windows and programs on one and personal data on the other)
Once I copy everything I want from my old drive (pics, music, etc) I would like to format and merge the 2 partitions on my old HDD into 1 large free space since I won't be needing Vista on there and simply leave the drive installed in my new PC as a back-up.

My question is which is the best way to do this. I'm running Windows 7 64bit on the new system. Do I have partition options during format? Or should I just use something like Partition Magic, merge them THEN format?
 

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60GB HDU, 512k Ram. AMD2K Win XP Pro.Norton Systemworks (NS)and Partition Magic 8. (PM)

Have just completed a clean reinstall of XP and now want to Partition Drive to allow me to have one Primary partition with XP and One (primary?)partition with a ghost of my complete setup (i.e XP, NS & PM) for recovery purposes. i.e if I have a major virus or trojan I want to just reinstall from this partition. To bring me back to this position.
My idea was to ghost the complete opersys and settings to this partition. Data will be loaded and saved separately.
I also want to have separate partitions within my first primary partition for data, films and music.
When I use PM it has allowed me to set up a separate partion. I have selected 6GB for operating system,PM and NS (probably more than required) but wont let me use the split partition to split the primary(with O/S) for data etc. What am I doing wrong or can you suggest better ways of achieving the end result?
I am not intending to load any other operating systems. This is merely to have an identical system ready to reload in case of virus attack, which is why I have had to reload everthing.
 

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I just got a new IDE hard drive to run as a slave against the my small master hard drive. On the small hard drive I have my OS and I plan on using the new one as a storage/gaming hard drive. Is there any particular way I should partition it so I can run games off of it smoothly?
 

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So I am planning on installing Ubuntu, but before doing so I must add a new partition. I am planning on using EASEUS Partition Master.

I am wondering how I must manipulate my hard drive's partitions in order to add a new partition for Ubuntu. I currently have 2 partitions on my one and only 250Gb hard drive. (the two current partitions take up all the space)
I have disk C: used for the Windows installation, and D: for backing up files (whenever I reinstall Windows, I can format my C: disk, while keeping the files on D: ). D: = ~37Gb and C: = ~195Gb. Both are NTFS

Now that I want to install Ubuntu, I am planning on making disk C: smaller by around 30Gb, and using this space to create a new partition for my new Ubuntu OS. Is this possible?

____________Previous Disk C:______________ | _____Disk D:_____
__________Disk C:__________ | _New partition_ | _____Disk D:_____


If this is not possible, what would you recommend me to do? I need a way to create a new partition without losing the data on partitions C: and D:.


Also, here is a EASEUS Partition Master view of my current hard drive "settings".



So what would you suggest me to do?
 

Answer:Need help with partitioning my hard drive.

What operating system do you use for C:? You have to be careful when changing the partition size on Vista or Win7. In those OS it is best to use Windows Disk Management to shrink the size of the partition. XP does not have this feature and Easus will work for XP.

I think Ubuntu will actually want to create two partitions. One small for swap space and one larger for the OS and your files. All you have to do is shrink C: by whatever amount of space (your 30gb is fine) and leave the space unallocated. I believe Ubuntu will partition the unallocated space during install.

Your diagram for the partitions looks good to me, except I would leave the "new partition" unallocated space. I believe in Easeus you just grab the slider at the end of C: and move it to the left to shrink the partition. You can experiment with the program without actually committing to the changes to see how things would look.
 

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All.I have made a mistake when formating my new hard drive (40Gb. I initially set the partition to 50% (approx 20Gb), and then decided not to partition. However, even after deleting and restarting, no matter what I do, I can only access slightly less than 20Gb.Any ideas on how to recover the missing 20Gb?NB

Answer:Partitioning Hard Drive

How did you do it?click here for a guide if you used fdisk.Boot with XP CD if you used XP and choose the option to partition.Do you have an OS installed now? If XP, right click on "my computer" and choose manage, then disk management and you will see the disk there. You will be able to format the remaining partition and thus have two disks of 30gb each.Please give more info about your hardware / software.

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Hi to all. its a time of good-will and beer, or what ever if you dont drink.Q. are we limited how many partitions you can have on a Hard-drive with Fat32 system.

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I know you can use all the letters of the alphabet (include floppy and CD etc.I don't know if it is possible to use more than this.

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How do you partition a new hard drive in Windows XP?
 

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is tis going to be your boot drive? If so put the WinXP cd inthe cdrom boot your computer and let windows xp partition for you. If you are just installing a new hard drive into an existing system, you would use the disk manager in computer mangement to do your partitioning and formating. you would find that under the storage folder in the folder view. If it is not a start menu item then go to control panel | administrative tools to find computer management
 

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I just got a new hard drive for Advent 5421 vista basic that apparently needs partitioning inorder to get the vista installation disc to complete as it will not install it at present as keeps coming up with diskpart error. So I went to command prompt typed in diskpart pressed enter...selected disk 0.....said disk 0 selected...but when I go to create partition primary it says not enough disc space to create partition etc...Any ideas before I have to visit the PC World shop to get them to sort it out. Appreciate any help thanks

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Hello Angie,

Since you have a Vista installation disc, you could run a clean command on the new HDD first. Afterwards do the create partition primary to be able to install Vista on it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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i installed a new hard drive and decided to partition it during the install. The first problem i have is that the smaller partition became the primary hard drive and the remaining larger space went unallocated. i then went in to manage the drive and allocate it, which i was able to do, but when i tried to access it i had an error that the drive had incorrect parameters and couldn't be opened. i would like to remedy this and end up with two accessable drives. i'm running xp media edition btw.
 

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Download and install the hard drives manufacturers install software. It will allow you to partition the drive any way possible. I always do the 50, 50 thing
 

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I have just purchased a new PC which has a 120gb hard drive. I will be using Windows XP for the first time. Is there a way to partition the hard drive without using Partition Magic?

My old computer ran Windows 98SE and I partioned it using the Windows program itself. That was 4 years ago and I don't remember what I did. If I can find my notes, my question is can I partition the hard drive using XP the way I did using 98SE?
 

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Okay I have about a 189GB partition with my HDD...problem is...I want to install a fresh copy of Vista without giving up my windows installation and I allocated all the space to this one partition...

What do I need to break off a chunk of 20GB and make a new partition? Cuz I can't seem to do it in Windows...

It's a SATA HDD too...

Thank you in advance...
 

Answer:Partitioning My Hard Drive

You need a third-party software program such as Partition Magic to make a new partition without losing your data. Lot's of different choices here:

http://majorgeeks.com/downloads8.html
 

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Hey everyone, how many partitions should I create if I have a 32 gb hard drive that uses both fat 16 and fat 32?

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As many as you need...Kind of a small drive to partition though...Provide more details on your goals for the HDD.

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I need help installing a new hard disk on a new motherboard. Here are my problems: I have a Samsung Hard Drive that is 750GB. When I attempted to partition it using the Windows XP disk it says that the disk is only 131069MB (I think that is 131GB). I have Partition Magic and I put the CD in and it booted and gave me:

Caldera DR-DOS 7.03
1. Norton PM
2. Boot Magic
3. DOS

When I select either number I get A:. So, I did a dir and I got that it had DOS so I selected FDISK. When I tried FDISK it says that my disk is 8032.4 MB.

When I check the size of the disk on the BIO screen it shows that it is 750GB.

1. How can I get this disk partition at it full size?
2. I will need to load Windows on there but I all I have is a Windows XP Upgrade disk and a Windows 98 Upgrade disk. I was going to attempt to get full version from Ebay but I see some saying that they are Windows 95 Floppy Boot Disk (it says that it is a Setup Disk on the picture of it) will that work?
 

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Use a third-party partitioner, or use an XP SP2 or greater version of XP. Also, check that BIOS sees the drive correctly.

Are you using XP "Gold"? If so, you need to make an SP3 CD for the installation. It will then recognize drives larger than 137 GB's. Are you using NTFS (I hope)?

Partitioning Tools-->

Free:

Paragon Partition Manager 8.5-- PPM Special Edition serial and free registration
CloneZilla GParted LiveCD (Complete partitioning and drive imaging/restoration tools)
SystemRescueCD
Gparted LiveCD
Parted Magic
Vista Recovery Disk (Shrink, expand, create, delete partitions)
XP Recovery Console CD image (Create and delete partitions with diskpart.exe)
Partition Logic
Ranish Partition Manager
Cute Partition Manager

Shareware:

Paragon Partition Manager
Paragon Hard Disk Manager
Terabyte BootIt NG
Acronis Disk Director
V-Com (Avanquest) Partition Commander
EASEUS Partition Manager
7Tools Partition Manager
Spotmau Partition Genius
 

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