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How to partition an external hard drive on windows xp?

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Go to Control Panel => Administrative Tools => Computer Management => Storage => Disk Management.

The drive should be shown on the list, just right click for options, you can partition, format, change driver letter, whatever you need to do.

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SOURCE: Windows XP stopped recongizing eGo

2 things... the USB port is bad, or the USB cable is too long and the HDD isn't getting a good signal.

1. Try another port and see if that works

2. Nip over to WalMart, Circuit City, Micro Center, PC World or Best Buy and get a shorter, Thicker USB cable of the same type - a cable which can provide the signal strength your ext HDD requires.

Also a possibility... The HDD may be 'lost' as Win cannot accept one of that size or the label/signature fell off and it is an orphan. It MUST have a driveletter, and it MUST have a special WIN signature byte on the HDD for it to work.

Bootup as normal, let everything get quiet, then plug in the ext HDD

Rt Click My Computer, Manage, Device Manager and in the Rt side, highlight the TOP icon. Then under Help, click the Computer with magnifying glass icon and wait. This forces your OS to 'Look' for any new devices.

When it finishes looking, look again under My Computer to see if your new HDD is now there. It will have to be formatted and have a driveletter for this part to work. Jump down to Disk Manager and see if it is there. You may have to Rt. Click and import it as a foreign drive or Rt click and give it a Driveletter ;-) If it is not, use a shorter, thicker (more wires) USB cable and try again.

Windows doesn't like Any HDD without win signatures on them - aka:'foreign disks' so ANY time this happens, if OS doesn't see it, use disk manager and Import it, then Rt click it and give it a Diskletter.

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