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How do I repartition a WD 500GB MyBook Firewire with data on it?

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Greetings.

If you have data already, you will need to buy third party software to do the job. i recommend norton partition magic , easy to use and works. Before you purchase you have to clarify to if firewire will be detected after reboot.

Hope that help.

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Greetings.

You will need to have a third party software to achieve this. I recommend norton partition magic. I have been using it in the same scenario as yours and works. they now support firewire. Easy to use and gets the job done.

Hope that helps.

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