Formatting a partition?

  Muttly 09:42 11 Dec 2004

I have installed windows XP on a new 80Gb HD. Installation gave me the option to partition the drive, which I did so I could keep games away from the OS. How do I format the second partition so that windows recognises it? At the moment I only have use of 20Gb (which I reserved for OS, help me!!!!!!

  temp003 10:03 11 Dec 2004

Click Start, Run, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.

To the right of Disk0, you should see the existing partition C. To the right of that, it should be called unallocated space.

Right click unallocated space, select Create new partition. Select Extended Partition. Use all the remaining space. Click OK and so on.

Then on the graph, it becomes free space. Right click the free space, select Create logical drive. Then select the size you want (1GB=1024MB), or all of it if that's what you want. Take the default options, and when prompted, select format with NTFS. Wait for formatting to finish, until you see the word "Healthy" for the new logical drive.

  Muttly 07:34 14 Dec 2004

found the partition, that worked a treat!
I have formatted the second partition in the NTFS format, and the first in the FAT32 format. I have noticed that sometimes the system resets without warning, could this be a conflict between the two file systems?

  recap 09:05 14 Dec 2004

Muttly, if as you say you want the second partition to be for Games, you may find you will get some problem with loading the games. Quite a few games will not play on an NTFS drive.

  temp003 09:11 14 Dec 2004

I didn't know your first partition was on FAT32. I just assumed that being XP, you would have chosen NTFS, and so asked you to format the 2nd partition on NTFS as well. You should re-format the 2nd partition in FAT32. Sorry about that.

  woodchip 09:15 14 Dec 2004

if the operating system is fat32 then you are better making the others fat32

  TomJerry 10:02 14 Dec 2004

I have PC with multiple partions and multi-OS with different format, never have any problem.

Reset is normally caused by (1) fault in part of RAM (2) overheat when you play games (3) device driver conflict (4) defect in HDD

  Graham ® 10:33 14 Dec 2004

Control Panel, System, Advanced, Start up and Recovery, Settings.

In System failure, clear the box 'Automatically restart', OK.

Now you will get an error message which you can investigate.

  Muttly 15:44 14 Dec 2004

I have reformatted the NTFS partition as two FAT32 volumes. Installed and ran GTA3 (he he) and windows had to close with this messages;
STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xCF8298099, 0xEEC5BBE8, 0xEEC5B8E4).
Phew, means nothing to me. Any ideas?

  TomJerry 15:46 14 Dec 2004

memory fault or hard disk defect are possibilities

  GaT7 16:45 14 Dec 2004

click here - gives a lot of info about STOP errors & links to the MS knowledgebase. G

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