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Tips & Tricks|Create Partitions on an External HDD

WARNING THIS WILL DELETE ALL FILES ON THE DRIVE. PLEASE BACK UP YOUR FILES BEFORE PROCEEDING.

There are a lot of benefits to making partitions on an installed drive but if you wish to extend this to your external drive here is how.

Press WINDOWS FLAG + R (RUN)

Type diskmgmt.msc press ENTER

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You will be presented with the Disk Management Interface, be sure you select your External HDD (here it is My Passport)

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Right click and delete the existing partition you should see that your whole drive has become un allocated space (black bar)

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Right click again and choose New Partition… and follow the Wizard.

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For storage we will be using Primary partition, hit Next

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Select how much storage you will allocate for the 1st partition for this example I will create a 100Gb partition, type in the size and hit Next

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I choose not to assign drive letter, hit Next

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You may choose to Format the new partition here or later under Windows Explorer. For this tutorial we will format it as NTFS and name it MyBackup hit Next

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You will be presented with a summary hit Finish to proceed or back to make more changes,

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Now we can see a new partition and the space left as Unallocated (still black).

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Repeat the steps to create more partitions.

Here I have created 2 partitions 1 named MyBackup the other named MyStorage.

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HTH :D

Comments

  1. Technically, in Vista, you can resize partitions without losing any data. Also, there are utilities that let you do that in XP. That saves a few hours.

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  2. Was going for the free using XP approach cause that's what the person who asked about this is using.

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