Question about SimpleTech SimpleDrive STI-USB235/160 160 GB Hard Drive
Would like to partition my new 160 gig drive to 2-80 gig, is there a aimple answer ?
Plug In your external drive! if you have any data back it up!(you said it was new so i assume there little to none) Go to start->run type diskmgmt.msc In the bottom pane look for your external drive! If there is a partition, right click and delete! Now the drive should appear full black on disk management! If not delets any other partitionin the drive. (Make sure you are deleting the external drive partition(s)) Now you can create drives by right clicking on the drive and click create partition! It should bring up a wizard which gives you the option to format, set partition sizes and everything!! If you don't wanna go through all that check out a third party software called Partition Magic: http://www.partitionmagic.com/home_homeoffice/products/overview.jsp?pcid=sp&pvid=pm80 hope this was helpful, regards, babb
Posted on May 07, 2007
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If not seen by windows but seen by CMOS the drive must be PARTITIONED and then FORMATTED. OR
IF disk came with install CD run install to assure all needed USB drivers are present for windows to install disk through USB port.
Once USB drivers are installed reboot PC and see if Windows finds new hardware.
IF windows still does not install new HD but CMOS shows drive is present, the drive needs to be partitioned.
To partition new drive type DISKPART at dos prompt or in START RUN OPEN and press enter.
At the DISKPART> ( prompt ) type LIST DISK then press enter.
Example: DISKPART> LIST DISK press enter
FIND the number assigned to the new drive in the list (#), then type SELECT DISK #
Example: DISKPART> SELECT DISK 2 press enter
the info returned in the dos window should be;
Example: Disk 2 is now the selected disk
Type CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED
Example: DISKPART> CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED press enter
Now shutdown the PC then reboot. Windows should now Find hardware and install new disk.
Click START then COMPUTER the new disk should be listed.
Right click on the Drive and select FORMAT use NTFS format.
now you should be able to drag and drop files/folders to your new disk.
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