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Partition external hard drive

Hey just wanted to know if the 1TB external hard drive can be partitioned under different folders for storage. Is it safe to store files on the drive & remove them on the PC or is the drive just to be used as a back up only?? Is it necessary that we should have these files on both PC & drive?? Thanks.

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The 1 tera-byte drives have proven to be fairly reliable. In the not so recent past, when the largest external drives on the market had capacities in the high giga-bytes, I was witness to 5 crashes that resulted in complete data loss for the users of these drives. Embarassingly, I was 1 of those 5. Since my purchase of a 1TB drive, I have become less skeptical of saving all of my data to one dedicated drive. Let me step back and answer your first question(s) regarding partions and folders; You can partition the external drive. Remember, any data that you currently have on the drive, if any, will be deleted. If necessary, temporarily move it to a folder on your computer and then transfer it back when you are finished with the partitioning. The partions will be given a drive letter and you may also name the partions during the process. Once partitioned, you can create as many folders as needed in each or all of the partitions. To keep your external drive trouble-free, a few tips: keep the drive in one location, if possible. The more you pick it up or move it from room to room, the more likely it is that you will have issues. Defrag, Defrag, Defrag.....I am the biggest fan of defragmentation, especially if you'll be accessing the files you store on the drive, with some frequency. Type, "defragmentation" into your favorite search engine and you can read all about it. So, start with partitioning, then create your folders and start storing your data.

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Yes a 1 TB externald hard drive can be partitioned. Yes its safe to store files on the drive and remove them from the computer as long as they are not files that are part of the windows system. Its not necessAry to have them on the pC and on the drive but of course its safer if you do.

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