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Partitioning and formatting a new disk, internal or external, is often not needed but it's easy to do using Windows built-in disk manager.

I have a new 500GB external USB hard drive and would like to format and partition it. How do I do that?

Well, to begin with, you may not need to. Most come pre-formatted as a single partition.

But if it didn't, or if you don't like the default setup, changing it is easy. And of course you'll want to do this before you load that disk up with data.

As I said, most external hard drives come ready to use. Just plug 'em in, let Windows discover it, and *poof* there's another drive on your system ready to use.

Most will come pre-configured as a single unlabelled partition using the FAT32 filesystem.

If that's what you have, and if that's what you want, you can stop reading now, since you're done. You need do nothing more.

"... most external hard drives come ready to use."

If you want to change what you have, the tools you need to do so are already right there in Windows.

Start by right clicking on My Computer and then clicking on Manage. In the resulting application window, click on Disk Management in the left hand pane. You should see something similar to this:

Windows Disk Management Application

At the top you'll see all the logical disks on your system listed alphabetically by label by default. Below that you'll see a graphical representation of all the physical disk drives known to your system. If a physical drive has more than one partition those partitions will be shown together on the single physical drive.

In this example, my drive "E:" is an external USB drive. It happens to be my backup drive where nightly backups are stored.

Remove the Existing Partition

Let's assume for a moment that I'm unhappy with the current configuration of the partitions on my external drive and want to change it. My first step would be to remove the existing partition.

You need to right click on the drive in the lower pane, and you should see this menu:

Disk Management Menu

Important: the next step will delete everything on the drive. Everything. Make sure this is what you want before proceeding.

Click on Delete Partition

The representation of the drive should change from "Healthy" to "Unallocated".

Partition The Drive

Right click on the drive again, and the option that was once "Delete Partition" is now "New Partition". Click on that to set up your new partition.

You'll then be asked to select "Primary" or "Extended" partition. Primary is sufficient unless you plan to put more than 4 partitions on this hard disk. You'll then also be asked how much of the space to allocate for the new partition you're creating.

Typically, I recommend simply allocating the entire space to a single partition. You can, if you like, allocate less than the maximum space to the partition you're creating now so that you have room for additional partitions on the same hard disk. Remember that each partition, once formatted, will appear as its own logical disk (C:, D:, E: and so on.)

You'll then be asked about formatting, which I'll cover below.

Once you've formatted the new partition, it'll appear as "Healthy", and any leftover space will continue to display "Unallocated". You can then repeat this partitioning process on that unallocated space until your entire drive has been allocated.

Format Your Drive

Assuming that partitioning has been performed above, or you don't want to change the partitioning of your drive, the next thing to change would be the format of the drive.

Important: formatting a drive will delete everything on the drive. Everything. Make sure this is what you want before proceeding.

Right click on the drive that you wish to format, click on the Format item, press OK on the dire warning, and you'll get a dialog similar to this:

Disk Management Format Interface

Let's look at each of those options:

  • Volume Label - is the name that will appear when the logical disk is displayed in Windows Explorer, in File selection dialog boxes and in other situations. It's a convenient way to identify disks by name rather than only by letter. The label is an attribute of the drive, so particularly on removable drives the label stays the same no matter what machine you plug it into, or what drive letter it gets assigned.

  • File System - I recommend NTFS unless the drive is going to be used by older versions of Windows, or by non-Windows systems. There's debate as to whether NTFS is faster (I think it is), but it also supports additional security features like file permissions, and can typically make more efficient use of larger disks.

  • Allocation unit size - can be left at "Default".

  • Perform a Quick format - for the type of format we're doing here, I actually recommend leaving this unchecked. A quick format only writes the bare minimum of information to establish the disk's new configuration. If the disk has been in use for a while, that's fine and is what I typically recommend. However, when going through the effort of formatting a new disk I suggest using this opportunity to have the format process actually write the entire drive. It may take a while.

  • Enable file and folder compression - I have mixed feelings about this. The overhead of compressing and decompressing files is no longer significant with today's processor speeds. However, I have concerns about data recovery if the disk ever experiences an issue. My concerns may not be valid, but ultimately, I never run with compression on any of my hard disks, preferring instead to compress the individual files as appropriate instead. So many file formats, like most audio and video files, are already compressed that the compression offered by the file system is often negligible. I leave this unchecked.

That's it. Press OK and after a period of time you'll have a formatted, ready-to-use disk.

A Word on Disk Partitioning Utilities

As you've seen, the process we used above to adjust the existing partitions on the hard disk involve deleting the entire contents of the disk, changing the partition structure, and then placing the disk back into service.

It may not have to be that way.

There are third party utilities such as Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director that will allow you to resize partitions without first erasing the disk. Of course I still recommend a full backup of the disk you're about to modify first, but these can be useful utilities.

Here's why I'm not suggesting them: how often do you really repartition a disk?

In my mind it's much more common to do it once, and then leave the configuration alone. A change is typically so infrequent that the utilities - however good they are - often aren't worth the effort.

However, that's obviously a decision you can make on your own, since it's a classic time / money tradeoff.

But particularly for a new disk just being placed into service, there's no need for advanced management tools. Once it's empty, and while it's empty, it's a perfect time to perform any partitioning or formatting or the like using Windows own built-in tools.

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76 Comments
peter
July 19, 2008 1:04 PM

Nice lesson leo , thanks for your creativity in articles and explanations.
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Richard Broberg
July 22, 2008 6:10 PM

Try booting with (horrors) the 98SE Emergency Startup Disk and use (gulp) FDISK.

I realize that DOS is beneath contempt, but it has its uses, even now.

NTFS is not all it's cranked up to be. FAT32 works very well and any Microsoft OS can read FAT32, except maybe 3.1.

Slave drives using FAT32 are transportable between or among other Microsoft PCs with, in my experience, no problems.

Gurvin
July 23, 2008 1:32 PM

I didn't know about this RSS search. You answer all the "BASIC" questions I have been wanting to get answered all the time.
AMAZING. Many times I simply BROWSE actually FINDING questions and then feel "hey! I always wanted to know that. I cant believe I still don't know that after being computer-literate for 12 years."

Thanks.
Your Fan,
Gurvin.

Vinayak
July 30, 2008 11:49 AM

Thanks a lot.I have tried the above method but delete partition menu is grayed out.I logged in as administrator.Can you suggest any other solution?
Thanks again for simple yet informative article.

All I can think of is that you likely cannot delete the system partition while it's in use. Thus you may have to boot from another media (much like what it takes to reformat the system drive).

-Leo

Ajit Shinde
September 15, 2008 7:05 AM

Dear Sir,

I have never seen such a good piece of step-by-step instructions. Being a non IT person I found your above article "to the point and precise". Excellent methodology employed here. Paticularly what I liked most was there was no ambiguity whatsoever and where ever possible, the instructions are backed by logical reasoning. Thanks a million. Keep the goo work going.

Basma
October 24, 2008 8:49 AM

my hard is new i hink it isn't pre-partitioned so removable disk space didn't apper in the list of the drivers.what's your advice??
thanks in advance.

Alexov54
November 30, 2008 8:12 PM

Must echo Ajit's comments above. Nice to see this sort of thing explained so well and with such clear english. When I put XP Pro onto a new HDD the other day, it prompted me to create a partition, and I did that, only to now find that most of the hard disk is listed as Unallocated, and I am so far unable to do anything about it. If I try to follow the "wizard" in Disk Manager, it seems to work but then keeps coming up with an error. Must be some way around this....I am sparing you the lengthy details, of course, but hope to use your article to sort out the problem. Thanks again!

Ray Gonda
February 16, 2009 7:15 AM

I have two new Vista Home premiun systems, a Win98SE system, a Win 95 system, and a 3.11 system. I will keep the question simple and expand it later as needed.

Can all of these systems access and read/write an external hard disk through a network. I have a D-Link 825-Dir dual band router with WiFi and gigabit cable (4 ports)capabilities?

I would expect to make a separate partition on that external hard disk for each of the systems backups. Is all of this reasonable?

Robert
March 4, 2009 5:39 PM

I bought a hard drive (500g) and a HD enclosure. How do i format this drive from scratch. It shows as Maxtor Grizzle in Device Manager, but does not register when i do manage/ my computer. Only internal drives show.??

eva
March 10, 2009 3:16 AM

Hey! I followed all of the above steps for my LaCie 500G external desktop drive and I continually have the same problem...after being connected for a while, it disconnects and a message appears: usb device not recognized...every single time...it's turning me nuts...Initially I had not formatted so I threw everything out and formatted it as stated here...no luck..after 5 hours of formatting the thing still disconnects...very frustrating...please help

Swapna
March 27, 2009 7:51 AM

Had just bought a new external HDD and didnt know how to partition it. Your step-by-step process was fantastic! Never had to think about anything just followed your instructions to the T! Thanks a lot...

Saurav Singh
April 2, 2009 4:40 AM

Thanks a lot for this really simple guide. this is a very basic and often needed task and even windows help confuses you beautifully.

Muhammad Azam
April 3, 2009 6:23 AM

thanks you soo much ... i bought Maxtor 350 external HDD yesterday ..and i forgot to ask the shopkeeper to format it for me .... after searching about it on net i came across your step by step process ... thanks ..

Arya
April 14, 2009 9:05 AM

Hi Leo
Thanks trillion times.For Such clear guiding steps.Your instructions are invery simple english but so precise and accurate.with your help i partitioned my 1TB external hard disk.Keep it up.Thank U

Jacq
April 17, 2009 9:11 PM

Thank you so much! I had just bought my new external hard drive and your well written instructions saved me from heart failure..lol.. when I thought I had messed up with the formatting.

Vishal
June 22, 2009 10:33 AM

Thanks Leo. I have been able to format my 500Gb external HDD which I bought with an enclosure. It happen that the HDD was not preformated and thanks to your guidance I have been able to do it. Many Thanks again.
Vishal from Mauritius

Javed E. Qureshi
July 7, 2009 11:38 PM

Please let me know if i can
1) Partition my External Disk
2) Make it Bootable
3) Install Windows & Office Applications
So that it works as a Virtual PC when connected to any another System, where i am not logged in as administrator.

David
July 12, 2009 8:34 AM

When I delete the partition it will only give me the option to create new ones in NTFS format.

I want to create a partition in FAT32 format.

Can anyone tell me how to do that?

snail
August 14, 2009 10:15 AM

If I want to load OS's on this from multiple computers (hot-swappable), which partitions should I use and how should I format? My OS's need NTFS.
According to the partition options in Windows, I can have with Primary 1 to 3 primary partitions AND only 1 extended partition OR 4 primary partitions. Whereas with extended, I can have MORE than 4 partitions...
If I use extended, what do I miss out? What does a primary partition have which is missing in an extended partition? What do extended partitions have which primary partitions don't?

How can I do a HARD format(clear entire contents(all data) of HDD? I read this is the only way to erase some viruses and want to know how to do this when/if reusing a hard drive for an OS.

In install mode(XP) from disc which partition type(s) does it use/allow?

snail
August 14, 2009 10:30 AM

A little bit of research and I am still not quite certain:

"C: [PRIMARY PARTITION]is the only bootable one and is where all the DOS system files reside. Regular files can reside wherever you want them to."
.)[PRIMARY PARTITION] added to explain context

.)Then only on a primary can bootable files and OS's reside?
.)I would need a primary partition for EACH OS (unique to each computer) I wish to have, correct?
.)Within a single extended partition can I have more than one partition... or separate space?(I believe it was termed as a "Logical drive"...)

Gokilavanan Rajagopal
September 7, 2009 6:26 PM

Thank you managed to partition 1000Gb EHD 4 partition

John McVey
October 4, 2009 10:26 AM

Leo you rock!
I thought I had killed my 250GB LaCie external hard drive but with your excellent and easy to follow tutorial I was able to retrieve full use.
Thanks again,
John McVey

swis cana
October 23, 2009 5:36 PM

WinXPh external 500GB USB drive it FAT32. I want to split it into 40% FAT 60% NTSF. Reducing partition size (PM8) offers available values as current=smallest=largest = maximum size 500GB.
There is no choice. Adjusting NEW value to reduce partition size ends up in screen showing values new equal to current values. The disk is not empty. Size reduction is less than existing data amount (lots of space).
PM8 works fine with built-in disk.

Chris
November 19, 2009 12:33 AM

i followed the steps as listed, but once i selected "delete partition" the entire drive dissapeared. i didn't get an unallocated or healthy message. now my computer won't even recognize my external drive. what do i do now?

rajaskumar
November 24, 2009 8:42 AM

Is it advantageous to have more than one partition in an external hard disc? Is a single partition more advantageous?

mnr

Vlatko
December 2, 2009 2:21 AM

Hello,Please help !!!
I have windows XP,but I wanted to upgrade/transit to Windows 7 using my WD external drive like bootable disk instead of bootable DVD disk,so here it is what kind of stupidness I have done:
1.Download Windows 7 iso file,which I put it in isoBuster and extracted.
2.Because I have listen it is better to make clean installation,I bought new WD external HDD- Passport Studio 500Gb and put it(cut-paste,not copy-paste) all information from my PC to HDD (around 90Gb very important data + windows 7 of course).
I didn`t format my External Western Digital disk !I didn`t convert from FAT to NTFS or things like that,just I have done this:
3.I run "cmd" and get in DOS
I wrote "diskpart"
I wrote "list disk” (Because there were nothing,not disk 1,2,3-i just select disk 1-don`t ask me why,because I don`t know for myself,because i am stupid!!!)
I wrote "select disk 1"
I wrote "clean"...but I change my mind,after 3-4 seconds,because I afraid for my data on the WD,does CLEAN was with meaning to erase all data on my WD,I still don`t know!
After i wrote "clean",I disconnect usb cable directly from my WD,because I afraid-what does "clean" means!!?? For god sake-i have all informations from last 6 years on my external hard disk and just there and nowhere else - not on my internal HDD,cd,dvd,blu-ray disks... all my data on WD external disk. Now,my WD doesn`t work!
When I checked Device Manager it shows that the device is installed and working properly but it will not show in "my computer" and I can't access it. before the problem,my HDD appeared as drive H:
In Device Manager say:"This device(WD PP III Studio II USB) is working properly"
disk: disk 1
type:unknown
location: 0
capacity: 476938
unallocated space: 0 Mb

When i connect usb cable(no matter short one or longer one or fire wire cable) there is the external usb hard drive showed up on the Safely Remove Hardware list right down,but I can not enter into the disk-inside and I am so afraid and desperate and don`t know what to do...
My PC has partition C: D: E: and for my DVD player and burner F: and G: Before the problem- my WD had letter H: and now there is no any letter for external WD :(
Please tell me what is the best solution for me to do now and to don`t lose my data on WD (if i already didn`t lost :(
I DON`T CARE ABOUT PC-IT IS EMPTY NOW,AND I DON`T CARE ABOUT XP,OR WINDOWS 7,JUST WD IS IMPORTANT NOW AND HOW TO OPEN DATA AND IS DATA THERE ON IT?!

What I have tried: connecting my WD with 3 deferent cables - usb and firewire in deferent ports.
installing drivers from wd site
I wouldn't be half as frustrated if it hadn't been working properly before this.Plus-ALL data is on my HDD,and I don`t even know if it is still there :(
Also i was in DISK MANAGEMENT,but except formating disk,I don`t see solution :( And formating will erase all data on the disk,isn`t it?! (if i have it,of course). again nothing :( :(
In DISK MANAGEMENT:
Disk 1-unknown 465,76Gb not initialized
There is black bar and unallocated 465,76Gb
Disk 0 basic C: primary partition and healty
D: and E: partitions also healty and they are with blue bar(not extended,but logical drive)

Also,I used Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics,but the software didn`t report any errors for the drive!
Everything is fine with USB ports, fire wire port,also with cables-long one,short one…
Led indicators are on-they lights and the sound is normal.
Drivers are fine too,Device Manager say-no conflict,everything is good...
But the HUGE problem is still present :( :( :( and my 3 main questions are:
1.Why I can not open my WD?
2.Is there my data on it?
3.If there is not my data,what is the % to recover/return back all informations?

It will be everything ok if I re-install Windows xp ?!(I have bootable XP DVD disk)
Or if I repair Windows XP through installation process?
Do I have problem with MBR ?
Should I format my WD ?
Common,I am sure that there must be way to solve the problem with my external disk to open my data or if the disk is empty to return/recover the data somehow!
Thanks in advance !!!!!!
via_makedonia yahoo com please write me on my e-mail

marko
December 8, 2009 12:33 PM

I have the same problem as Chris from Nov 19th. The disk was formatting and it took some time, while I get out. When I was back notebook was in sleep mode. When I woke it ext HDD disapeared. What should I do. It can't be seen in Disk Management.

shasha
January 6, 2010 2:55 PM

Use EASEUS Partition software. It works great on my HD. Download it here:

Denny
January 22, 2010 12:36 PM

ahayyyy,.... shasha, the EASEUS partitioning program, is successfully working on my hand set drive. thank's for your helped.

Fred Kirchner
February 10, 2010 1:39 PM

I follow your instructions on how to partition my new external hard drive up to the point of "DELETING PARTITION". Since that will delete EVERYTHING on the hard drive, what will happen to the 79 MG bytes that the drive is already using? Will they be deleted and will it make the drive inoperable? The drive is brand new and out of the box.

Mitish
March 2, 2010 7:28 AM

I've a Hitachi external 500GB sata hard drive. somehow during surfing compying some data from other sources it got infected and then I thought of formatting it. even formatting was not possible so i tried it thro disk management but now it shows me only 465Gb instead of 500GB. I even tried the zero filling which took about 6-7 hrs but even then whenever i connect it to my laptop it becomes slow. I cannot copy anything on the hard disk now.Pls help!

Portable hard drives
March 24, 2010 9:42 PM

Thanks for the information. My advice is google it and you will come across many options, choose the best one to format and partition.

GOVIND
April 6, 2010 4:49 AM

I have a 1000Gb[1 TB]external hard drive .i wamt to format it for 10 partitions.....plz. help....

Arr Livingston
April 28, 2010 3:54 AM

Leo
The remove partition procedure worked GREAT!
However ; i went too far and removed all the partitions now windows does not see my usb drive at all! wht do we do about that??

vasu
May 7, 2010 11:37 AM

I HAVE 250GB EXTER. HDD WHICH IS NOT WORKING WHEN I CONNECT IT TO MY PC, whenever i open it,it just give a mess. 'do you want to format this' if i click on no then nothing happen but when i click yes it takes hrs to complete just 5%

Mike
May 16, 2010 9:33 AM

I just installed a 500Gb internal SATA hard drive. When I go to partition it, (windows XP) the disk manager only offers a new volume wizard, which allows a simple volume only. This simple volume is not recognized by acronis which I was planning to use to reimage my old 80Gb drive onto the new 500Gb drive. Ideally, I'd like to use the new drive as my boot drive and the old one for backup. The question is, what can I do to make a partition that will be recognized by Acronis True Image?

Mike
July 4, 2010 9:12 PM

i got a wd 1tb external hard drive and when i follow your instructions it says delete volume, not delete partition...can i get any help please....

shirley
August 5, 2010 1:46 PM

i am holding a 500 GB hard disk but I am unable to delete the volume..please help me my operating system is windows 7.... [link removed]

zura
September 7, 2010 6:40 AM

my hdd cannot even being detected by the computer, so how can i format it?

Pragnesh
September 10, 2010 11:22 AM

Hi Leo,
Thanks a lot for this information about creating Partitions. It helped me to create partitions on my newly purchased External HDD.

Leo, Ive got a question: Why cant we use Windows Vista or 7 or any OS through External HDD? Is there really any way out?

Just think, isnt it convenient that we use PCs as Nodes & Just carry our External HDD instead of our Laptops. Connect the E-HDD to what so ever PC & you get your own environment there!!!!!!

Im maddy or incradible ?
Your Comments Plzzzzz.

balabalajichowdary
October 2, 2010 3:44 AM

Hi sir i am buy to new external hard disk so i want need to that hard disk partition plz give me answer sir i waiting for reply ............

Please read the article you just commented on. It answers this question.
Leo
02-Oct-2010

Gary Oakes
January 3, 2011 8:54 AM

Hi Leo, great article.
I have a 2TB usb hdd, Could i partition it in half, so that i can format half in NTFS to play movies on a samsung TV's media player (dragged & dropped off my PC),
& format the other half using the TV's prefered format for recording live TV (vfat i think)?

Sure.
Leo
04-Jan-2011

Shawn
January 15, 2011 7:39 PM

Ok, so say I have a 500gb h.d. and I don't have anywhere to back the data that already exists up to. Is there any way to create a partition without formatting and deleting my data that already exists on the disk?

There are tools (search for "partition management" tools) but backing up to the same drive is pointless - if the drive dies then it takes both your original and backup copies. I strongly recommend that you get an external USB drive and backup to that.
Leo
16-Jan-2011

izad
February 27, 2011 9:09 PM

if i have 500gb xternal hdisk, and i want divide it into 3 partition, how can i determine best space for each partition. do u have any calculation for dividing partition on hard disk.

"Best"? I'm not sure what would be "best" - that depends on why you're partitioning it at all. I'd leave it a single large partition myself, but if there's a reason for partitioning it then it's that reason that might somehow tell you what's "best".
Leo
28-Feb-2011

Emmanuel Kwandahor
March 8, 2011 2:08 PM

Leo, the guidelines you gave have solved my partitioning problems which Microsoft Tech forum and Seagate (the External HDD manufacturer) could not solve.
May God richly bless you and your team.

Kyle
March 10, 2011 4:34 AM

Thanks for that, got it right 1st time

Soonsang
March 10, 2011 7:21 AM

thanks alot is helpfull for me

Charlie
April 28, 2011 5:26 PM

Thank you so much, it really helped me a lot. Just a quick question, I have a 2TB external HDD, my friend suggested that I partition it into smaller drives so if 1 partition gets a virus on it I can just reformat the 1 and not the entire 2TB, do you have similar opinions on the matter?

There's some sense to it, but I don't typically partition anything unless I really have to for some reason. I'd leave it as one big drive. One problem is that a virus can infect your *computer* not just a drive - meaning that the virus could appear on all connected drives and reformatting just one would not necessarily get rid of it. MUCH better to focus on doing all the right steps to prevent getting infected in the first place.

Leo
01-May-2011
krishna prasad
June 28, 2011 7:33 PM

Excellent article. We love you to keep up the good work. God bless....

NARINDER PAL
July 1, 2011 11:22 PM

THANKS ALOT FOR THE HELP AND GOD BLESS YOU AS THIS PIECE OF ADVICE FROM YOU HAS GIVEN ME SUCH A RELIEF. THANKS ONCE AGAIN AND REGARDS

Lily
July 16, 2011 9:52 PM

Thanks! This helped me a lot. There's one more question. If i have two partitions on the external hard drive, can i set up password for one partition only?

The only way to truly password protect a partition is to encrypt it using a tool like TrueCrypt. And yes, you can do that or not for each partition separately.

Leo
17-Jul-2011
arch
July 23, 2011 5:49 AM

there is no delete partition option when i right clicked..what is the problem? can you please tell me.

sheel
July 28, 2011 9:38 PM

Could you please post a video for this?
It's kind of confusing

Bruce
August 3, 2011 2:47 AM

The only option I get is to format in NTFS I would like to use my drive with a set top box to record to my set top box requires FAT32.

Aravind Setti
August 27, 2011 3:25 AM

I have 500GB external hard drive, no partitions are there in that and used 100GB. Is it possible to install windows XP in that with out disturbing the data?

Mark J
August 27, 2011 7:24 AM

@Aravind
It's not a good idea to install Windows to an external disk. Even if you could get it to work you would have no end to problems. But just for the record, if you install Windows on a drive with existing data, the data is not destroyed unless something goes wrong with the installation. So a back-up is always in order.

Rupam
August 29, 2011 4:44 AM

I got a 2T external HD with single partition. I followed your instruction but after the 'delete partition ' command nothing is showing up. Can't even show a logo of the HD on my computer window nor in the disk management window. No other options to retrieve the previous partition. What would I do. Please tell.

Unless I'm missing something it sounds like you simply need to follow the rest of my instructions which involve creating a partition on the now unpartitioned drive. The drive won't show in Windows as a regular drive letter until you create a partition. The drive should show in the disk management application for you to be able to create that partition.
Leo
30-Aug-2011

Jeff Brown
September 13, 2011 10:14 AM

Leo,
Do you need to assign the hard disk a drive letter if you're setting it up for a USB external drive?

Mark J
September 13, 2011 10:31 AM

@Jeff
If you plug an external hard drive into a USB port, the computer will normally assign a drive letter.

lee
September 25, 2011 6:31 AM

hi i have tryed to format my external hard drive, when i clicked on the format button i get a message saying i do not have sufficient rights to perform this operation. can you help please

Sunil
September 29, 2011 11:53 PM

Hi. I have 250GB external drive. Please tell which file format my car music player will be able to play. NTFS or FAT 32?

Mark J
September 30, 2011 1:11 AM

@Sunil
I'm not sure if an external hard drive will work on your car player, as external hard drives require a power source which it draws form the USB port of a computer. If you can get it to work, FAT32 is the format your mp3 music players can read.
I've never tried this, but it may be possible that using a USB Y cable and plugging the short USB plug into a cigarette lighter USB adapter might work.

sridhar
October 18, 2011 5:57 PM

i left 70gb of 232 gb hard drive on the first installation of my os but i decided to use that space now its showing not able to create but the its showing the 70gb unallocated space ....... ....... -pls tell me the solution.......my mail id is {email removed}

Boog
October 27, 2011 6:15 PM

Thanks - something so simple and it took me hours to find your blog.

maro fram
October 29, 2011 5:25 PM

My tv can't see my 750giga hard disk.......will it see the hard disk if i partion it error msg the device although it can see my 250 giga hard disk

Your TV? I have no idea. Depends on the TV and why or how it's supposed to see hard disks in general. Never plugged a hard disk into a TV before.
Leo
29-Oct-2011
maro fram
October 29, 2011 11:41 PM

The hard disk is connected to tv "i mean LCD" to see video ans photos

Bob
November 18, 2011 6:23 PM

Thank You for this page, it helped me immensely!

francuso
November 30, 2011 12:53 PM

Thanks! The info was very very helpful. Kudos!

Mario Tito
December 9, 2011 5:35 PM

for the past 5 weeks I was stuck with Drive F 49.5 GB
drive G6.6GB each time I tried to reformat , each drive formatted separately, I still had 1 drive 2 partition, your method , saved me time and now I have only drive f with 55.GB THANK YOU

Galih
January 8, 2012 5:27 PM

Thanks Leo!... We're waiting your next tips. Bon courage.

ashna
March 12, 2012 8:01 AM

Is it possible for me to partition my drive,and still keep the data on it intact ?I just got a new one,and I've backed up all my computer data on it.Now I realize I should have partitioned it!

Some partition management software will preserve data for some operations, but if you're creating a new partition I know of no tools that let you say "put this data on the new partition, leave this data on the old partition".
Leo
17-Mar-2012

Kay Ruddock
May 6, 2012 2:33 PM

Thanks, Leo. Your instructions were clear and easy to understand! What a big help...I appreciate your time and expertise!

Sam
June 2, 2012 10:38 AM

waw... thanks a lot .. that was REALLY helpful

i think i am going to bookmark this site .. thanks Leo

Muneerudeen
June 13, 2012 2:16 AM

Leo ! Can my new WD 1 TB Extnal be partitioned into 150+300+150+300 GB and 30 gb freespace.
HOW TO DO IT ???

thambu
February 12, 2013 11:00 PM

When I right click the external drive while partitioning, intead of delete partition only delete volume appears. Kindly help.

Rebeca
February 13, 2013 7:45 AM

Thank you so much Leo. Your instructions were clear and very helpful.

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