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Slave Drive Partitioning Guidance

By Kirkham ยท 5 replies
Nov 26, 2005
  1. I have installed a 200 GB Seagate ATA hard drive as a slave. My master, a 40 GB drive has 4% free space left and I'm running XP Home.

    I would like to use the slave drive for photo's, music and data. Having read many of the articles on partitioning I'm still unclear as to the best approach for partitioning a slave drive.

    This 200GB drive is listed as healthy and active in disk manager with no current partitions and it hasn't been used because I haven't learned how to use it yet.

    I'd appreciate any advice but would mention I am really on the learning curve.
  2. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    In disk manager right click on the disk and select create partition. The sizes are up to you and how you use it.
    Data 40GB
    Music 80GB
    Photos 80GB

    After you have created them they need to be formatted. Choose NTFS.

    Having done this transfer your files across from the original disk. Then empty temporary folders and defrag it.
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    go to seagate website dwnld there disc wizard software utilitys
    it will show you through the whole process
    it's by far the best out there as it does not leave anything behind.
    Just an opinion from a seagte fan
  4. Kirkham

    Kirkham TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I right click on the drive there is no command listed to create a partition, but there is a command to delete a partition.

    When I originally installed the drive a few months ago I used the Seagate disk wizard and got it set up with no partitions (not knowing what I was doing). I haven't been able to get the Seagate disk wizard open again even though I re-downloaded it. The Seagate tech support didn't haven't any solutions for this problem. Thanks
  5. The_Maestro

    The_Maestro TS Rookie Posts: 52

    If it says delete partition, you already have a partition created, it should also say what size the partion is and what file system it is in, either NTFS or FAT32.
  6. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    You have at least one partition. Delete them all and then follow my previous post.
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