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Partitioning my book

Can you easily tell me how to partition My Book?

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  • michellelynn Dec 28, 2007

    I have a WD My Book Home Edition and use Windows Vista. Should I partition it to NTFS or should I leave it at FAT32?

    Thanks in advance,


  • Luobotou Apr 13, 2008

    I tried to install Fluxbox on my WD MyBook 750. I tried to use Parted Magic to delete the partition. Now my computers (Win XP and Ubuntu) can only read the first partition. The WD "tools" only restore a 750 if there is a single 750 partition.



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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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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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