External Hard drive problem

By Newrotic · 14 replies
Feb 12, 2007
  1. Hi! Everybody, I need help!
    I cannot partition my new USB Seagate 400Gb External hard drive using
    Windows XP Computer Management facility. It is functioning perfectly but I
    need to partition such a big drive.
    Right clicking the drive in the Disk Management window only allows me the
    opportunity to "delete partition...."
    Both the "C" drive and external drive are in the NTFS format and the
    indication is that they are "online" "healthy" and "active"
    I have Partition Magic 6 but I understand that this could cause problems
    with Windows XP.
    Could anyone please help me with this situation?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Windows XP does not have a built in partition resizing tool. Partition Magic does do this, but you are correct - you do not want to use such an old version of Partition Magic on a Windows XP system. I believe there is a slight change in how NTFS is handled on XP from 2000 and Partition Magic won't handle it properly.

    The good news is there is a free alternative. gParted will resize that partition for you and create new ones if you like. As always when dealing with partitions, make sure you have important data backed up first before proceeding.
  3. Newrotic

    Newrotic TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the useful info.
    If you reckon gParted will safely do the trick I'll give it a try.
    I'm only on dial-up at the moment so it will probably take a day to download.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    It will work, I think the gParted live cd is only 28.6 megs, that isn't too bad on dialup, much better than a full iso. If you really can't wait, you could reinstall XP (since you said its new, reinstalling might still be an option) and when you tell XP where to install to you can delete and create partitions of the size you want. So you can install XP to a 10 gig (or whatever size you want) partition and then choose appropriate sizes for the rest either during setup or later when in Windows.
  5. HSC

    HSC TS Rookie

    To use XP Disk Management to create multiple partitions on your new external hard drive you need to delete the existing single partiton, once this has been done you will get the create new partition option ,with a big drive it may take a not inconsiderable time to complete the process

    Cheers HSC
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Which is not going to be possible in his case, because he has Windows on 1 big partition on his hard drive. The only way for him to do it is with a 3rd party utility, which I covered above.

    Edit: Ignore this post, HSC was right.
  7. HSC

    HSC TS Rookie

    Mmm that is odd I do not see anything in his post to say he has Windows installed on that external USB drive

    Cheers HC
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Ah, you are right. Sorry.

    Well then, that changes things a bit. gParted may not even work because I'm not sure that deals with usb drives. But so long as he doesn't care about the data on it he can delete the partition and do it as you said.
  9. HSC

    HSC TS Rookie

    No problem, I had to go back and read his post three times over to get it clear in my head exactly what he was trying to do

    Cheers HSC
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    gParted doesn't support resizing NTFS partitions...

    There are others that may though, such as Mandrake's partitioner.
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    .... And what museum did you steal that from? ;)
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    This page disagrees. (I was hoping I didn't screw up twice in this thread)
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I stand corrected. Apparently I read some out of date info.
  14. Newrotic

    Newrotic TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well done HSC you've cracked it!
    Disk Management assumed my new external drive was one big partition.

    I deleted it and simply created the partitions I wanted.

    It's so obvious now.

    You've made an old bloke very happy.

    Thanks a lot

  15. HSC

    HSC TS Rookie

    Happy to hear it worked for you

    from one old guy to another :¬)

    Cheers HSC
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