Partition external HDD

  Noldi 15:51 22 May 2006

Can anybody give me a idea the best way to partition a external HDD used for back up. I was told that you can do it with Windows XP?.


  Pamy 16:26 22 May 2006

Why partion?


  Noldi 16:38 22 May 2006

Because when I clone the C drive it clears the whole disc.

  Pamy 16:41 22 May 2006

So I do not understand your reason to partion?


  stlucia 16:45 22 May 2006

You might be able to with Win XP. Look in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management and there's a folder for Logical Drives. I'm not at my own PC at the moment, so I can't remember if there's an option to partition them there.

If not, you'll need Partition Magic or one of the freebies.

  Noldi 16:46 22 May 2006

If I dont then I must clone the C drive without clearing all the data from the external drive?.
If that is possible then I dont need to partition.

  Pamy 16:49 22 May 2006

Once cloned, I believe that you can do incremental updates, ie. you only update the data that has changed since last update.


  Noldi 16:55 22 May 2006

I have 4 C drives to clone. 1 work PC,1 home PC, and 2 Laptops (1 private 1 work)

So on friday I got my new 200 GB external drive to clone all my C dives 1 st one went well second one over write the first pluss I would like to keep my photos on thier own.


  Noldi 16:59 22 May 2006

Thanks so far

Must go home im 1 hour in front of UK.

so I will check postings when im home.


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  Pamy 17:16 22 May 2006

So Noldi, the picture at last becomes clearer. Do you think 200Gb is enough to clone your four computers HD's?

I am unable to offer you any more help, perhaps the real experts can now advise you as to the best way to back them all up.


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