External Hard Drive -To Partition or not?

  wee eddie 16:17 01 Jun 2003

I have just bought an External Hard Drive. Which will, I hope take care of my Off Site security for the next few years.

Maxtor 5000XT. USB2 and Firewire. 250 Gb.

In the future it will probably be used on PC's and Laptop's that are running W-XP or later, so NTFS. But it will initially be used with XP, W98se, so Fat32 as well, and if possible W95.

I have not even plugged it in yet and am still reading the set-up, and planning a longterm strategy.


Q1. Should I Partition the drive with a different partition for each Computer, and is it possible to have a different file system on each partition.

Q2. What would be the best solution to handle the creation of back-up copies? Norton Ghost or equivalent, from what I have read so far. The actual program I use will be a later decision, after I have read the vast batch of relevant postings on this board.

Q3. Maxtor have a proprietary One Touch Back-up called Dantz Retrospect Express, but I gather it overwrites the previous copy and I have found nothing on how it would handle the information from several different computers on the one drive and possibly the choice of which partition to place its copy?

Thats enough to confuse the issue for now. Thanks in advance for any contributions, but please keep them simple as I am working at the outer limit of my knowledge portfolio.

aka - I don't know what the hell I'm doing!

  wee eddie 17:47 02 Jun 2003

This is the thread that helped.

click here

Q3 has now become the main focus.

  wee eddie 15:30 03 Jun 2003

Partition Magic 8. has a theoretical 160Gb limit, I am told.

So what can I use for a 250Gb Drive

  wee eddie 20:24 03 Jun 2003

Hope for some more thoughts

  wee eddie 08:04 04 Jun 2003

Thanks BillEmm, it shows how easy it is to misinterpret or fail to read all in my case, a simple piece of text on the 160Gb limit.

I shall now advance 1 or maybe 2 steps.

There may be partitioning software in the Maxtor bundle, it was not immediately obvious, so I shall look even more thoroughly this evening.

I think Ghost will be the next purchase, I have read the other threads and this seems to end up with the fewer problems

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