Quick tips to Partition your External Hard Disk
Date Added: Mar 11, 2011
|People add an external hard drive for various reasons ranging from the need of extra storage to the need to transfer large amount of data between different systems. You may not know but the fact is that partitioning an external hard drive is slightly different than partitioning an internal hard drive. Read on to learn about some quick tips to partition your external hard disk.
The first step in partitioning your external hard disk is to check the external hard drive for ensuring that no data is available on it, then begin the partitioning process by running the Microsoft Management Console. For this, you need to type 'MMC' in a command prompt window. Next step is to right click on the disk and to check various available options in the short cut menu. Just expand the partition and as per your preference delete the partition or shrink it.
Do not forget to format the newly formed partitions of your external hard disk using the same shortcut menu. If you wish, you can also set their drive letters to make your operating system know your drive with the help of the letter. One important thing that you must remember is that you need to recover the partition instead of the whole hard disk in case your disk has partitioned before and there is a fault in it.
It is also important to keep in mind some warnings while partitioning your external hard disk. For instance, remember that partitioning completely deletes all the content of a disk immediately. Secondly, make sure to plan ahead how many partitions you wish to have and of what size. In case you are looking for effective software for partitioning your external hard drive, try visiting our section on download file and hard disk software
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