[24hoursupport] Partitioning an external hard drive

  • From: "Paul M. King" <peking7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2005 18:34:20 -0800

I have worked my way into a corner with some fuzzy thinking about 
partitioning and formatting an external hard drive. I have an XP Home 
system and a 40 gig USB linked external Maxtor 3000SL HD which I divided 
into four partitions, all formatted, using XP's drive management utility.

I used Drive Image 7 to clone my internal HD (Hitachi). Then I read the 
external drive to verify that the clone had migrated to the external drive. 
It had.

Then I later attempted with DI 7 to update the external drive clone. That's 
about when the s***  began to hit the fan. When I attempted to read the 
external drive again with XP, there was nothing there.

I have checked the MS and Maxtor knowledge bases without a great deal of 
enlightenment. But I saw some posts at the Maxtor site which seemed to 
indicate that the external hard drive must be partitioned with XP's disk 
management utility.  The posts did not say specifically not to use a third 
party tool like DI 7 to partition, however.

The cause may be that I disconnected the USB drive from my computer before 
clicking on the systray icon which says "Safely Remove Hardware" and lists 
all USB devices active at that moment.

I am still not sure exactly how I caused my cloned OS and files to 
disappear. Anybody steer me in the right direction? I'll be googling for an 
answer before I check back here.

Meanwhile, I backed everything up on CDs.

Paul King

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