Timing for format+partiton ext.HDD

  lenc 19:38 13 Mar 2007

To give me a senssible expectation, can someone supply reasonable timings for a 7200 rpm, USB 2 external disc to:
1. format (from Fat32) as NTFS
2. create 3 equal-ish partitons (100-150 GB each)

I intend to use Win XP utilities (compmgmt.msc) unless someone tells me that my Seagate utilities are faster or more reliable.

  johndrew 20:04 13 Mar 2007

Setting up the partitions with the XP Wizard is very quick and easy. The time taken to format depends on the speed of your connection (USB 1 or 2) and how big the partitions are. I did a 250GB drive in about 45 minutes from start to finish - no partitions. I deleted and formatted NTFS only.

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