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Partitioning my book

Can you easily tell me how to partition My Book?

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Re: partitioning my book

Hi daneric,

The Western Digital website has a knowledge base article that describes this process for both Windows 2000/XP systems and Windows Vista systems.

Check the link below for full details on this process. (Please note that this can also be located by searching for answer ID "207" at

I hope this helps!
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Re: partitioning my book

If you are using Win XP or Windows 2000, you can use the disk management console. Click on windows "start" then click on "Run". type "diskmgmt.msc" and click the "OK" button. this will start the disk management console.

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