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Seagate drive partition

My external seagate HD drive is currently partitioned into
Disk f: 210 gig
Disk g: 40 gig
I would like to partition part of disk f ( leaving the 40 gig I use ) into either disk g: or a new partition.
How do I do this?

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  • drc1939 Nov 08, 2007

    I probably didn't make myself clear.

    I want to leave the 40gig I have on disk f: as it is.

    I want to use the remaining 170 gig as a NEW partition or assign it to disk g: in addition to disk g:'s 40 gig, or a new disk h:

    I DON'T want to copy or delete the files that are on disk f:

    What do I do?

    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to reply.

  • drc1939 Nov 09, 2007

    SparkGap. Sorry to confuse you.

    I have a Seagate drive of 250 gig.

    At the moment this is divided into:

    disk f: which is 210 gig and which contains 40 gig of data which I can't copy nor do I want to delete.

    disk g: which is 40 gig.

    I would like to have a third partition using some of the 170gig unused on disk f:

    Hope this is clear. Thanks. David

  • drc1939 Nov 12, 2007

    SparkGap. I do have Windows Vista. How do I go about it?Thanks. David

  • drc1939 Nov 12, 2007

    I do have windows vista. How do i go about it? thanks.

    (P.S. The post about 500g drive Free agent didn't come from me even though the moniker is the same)

  • drc1939 Nov 13, 2007

    Sparkgap. Many thanks. I have now been able to shrink disk f: from 210gb tp 60 gb and disk g: is left with 40 gb. However I can’t find a way to allocate the free space of 150 gb on disk f: to a new disk h:

    How do I do this?

  • drc1939 Nov 13, 2007

    Sparkgap. Many thanks for your time and efforts. I have now succeeded in partitioning another drive.

    All the best. David

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    it came partitioned with 800G partitions.
    I want to use it as a back up on my Mac
    How do I format it to 1 partition?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    By accident the drive got partitioned so I went to disk manament and erasesed it and formated it but it still not working

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This is fairly straightforward using the Windows XP tools.

IMPORTANT, copy everything you want to keep from partition F otherwise it will be deleted. Drive G will not be affected.

  • Right click 'My Computer' >'Manage' then click disk Management.
  • Right click your drive F and 'Delete Partition'.
  • You now have 210GB unused space on the drive.
  • Right click the unused space and "Create Partition".
  • Specify the size of the new partition to your requirements or create more partitions until the free space runs out.
  • You can then right click and format the new partitions. 'Quick Format' is fine unless you have been experiencing disk problems.
To swap around drive letters in Disk Management:-
  • Right click the drives and 'change drive letters', to X, Y or Z or whatever
  • Now you can change the drive letters back to F, G, H or whatever order you want them in
I'm sure you get the idea, you just have to change the letters of the drives to unused letters to make a space in the sequence (not that any sequence really matters)

Good luck


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  • Martin B
    Martin B Nov 09, 2007

    Like I said you can change the drive letters after you sort your partitions out.

    Your drive letters seem to be changing between postings and confusing me. So just deal with the partition sizes for now.



    So you have a 40G with data.

    Also there's a 210G with data.

    And there's 170G unpartitioned space am I correct?



    How many partitions do you want to end up with, 2 or 3?

  • Martin B
    Martin B Nov 11, 2007

    Ah, the title says your drive is 500Gig. Not as confused now.



    If you are using Windows XP then the usual tools will destroy the data on the 210 partition if you try to split it without moving the data off first.

    You've kind of limited your choices by not being able to move the data anywhere.



    So this is a job for some third party software like Partition Magic which costs more than a new drive big enough to hold your data. (it's free off bittorrent of course)



    Windows Vista and Linux will do the job if you have a friend with one of these OS's and willing to connect up your drive.

  • Martin B
    Martin B Nov 12, 2007

    Hooray!

    You need to use the "Shrink Partition Feature" on your 210G partition to create unallocated space that you can then format to make a new one.



    I wont rattle on any more. Heres the instructions from Microsoft!



    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows...



    Good Luck!!














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