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How to create a partition on an external USB drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jack0233, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. jack0233

    jack0233 Flightless Bird

    Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    so much. jack
     
  2. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Subdividing a current partition will require a third party partition
    manager. Visit google for options.

    jack0233 wrote:
    > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    > program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    > somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    > plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    > free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    > so much. jack
     
  3. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "jack0233" <jep0233@gmail.com> said this in news item
    news:551440cb-2825-46bb-8c9d-6e53502af202@k17g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    > program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    > somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    > plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    > free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    > so much. jack


    If you can see the words "Delete Partition" then you're obviously not
    clicking on free space. You're clicking on a partition that is already
    allocated. Have a look at this link
    http://www.4shared.com/file/203231800/773c7f0d/DiskMgmt.html to see what a
    free partition looks like. I have circled it in red so that you can see what
    I mean. Download the file to get a better resolution, and ignore the German
    wording.

    Note also that you do NOT need an unallocated partition for DriveImage to
    create an image file. You need a lot of free space on an allocated
    partition.
     
  4. db

    db Flightless Bird

    you can repartition the drive
    with a program like acronis
    disk director.

    however, if you made images
    then the easiest to do is to
    create a folder on the ext
    drive and simply call it
    with something like xml
    disk images.

    then create sub folders with
    the dates your images are
    made.

    then simply copy your images
    from the main hard drive into
    the special folders mentioned
    above.



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    "jack0233" <jep0233@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:551440cb-2825-46bb-8c9d-6e53502af202@k17g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    > program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    > somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    > plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    > free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    > so much. jack
     
  5. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:35:08 -0800 (PST), jack0233 <jep0233@gmail.com>
    wrote:

    > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    > program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    > somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    > plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    > free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    > so much. jack



    Your problem is primarily that you are mistakenly trying to *create* a
    partition. You can't "create" a partition unless there is
    unpartitioned space on the drive. Since you presumably don't have any
    unpartitioned space, what you need to do is *change* the existing
    partition of the drive, not create a partition.

    So if the existing partition structure is just a single partition,
    what you want to do is subdivide that partition and make two
    partitions out of it.

    Sorry to focus on correcting your use of the terminology, but it's
    apparently your misunderstanding of if it that's leading you astray.

    So how to make two partitions out of one? Windows XP has no capability
    to do that. You need a third-party program to do. Norton Ghost is one
    such program, and there are other freeware or shareware choices such
    as Boot-It Next Generation.


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    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    jack0233 wrote:
    > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory. I have the
    > program DriveImage XML. At one point it says to create a partition
    > somewhere for the image it's going to create. I have a 40G external
    > plug and play HD. I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > disturbing other files and folders I have on it. There's plenty of
    > free space. Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > that partition. So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > partiton." I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition. I get OPEN/
    > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > PROPERTIES / HELP. I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here? Thanks
    > so much. jack


    Your external hard drive is not very large. There is a good chance it
    won't be large enough for what you are looking to do. Please answer the
    following questions so we can know for sure:

    How large is your Toshiba tablet hard drive? How many partitions does it
    have? And how much data is currently on each partition? How much free
    space?

    How many partitions do you have on your external drive? How much
    unallocated space is there? (Use Windows Disk Management to find out.)
    How much data do you have in the partitions? How much free space?

    Also, what file system does it use? FAT32 or NTFS?
     
  7. jack0233

    jack0233 Flightless Bird

    On Jan 21, 12:06 pm, "Pegasus [MVP]" <n...@microsoft.com> wrote:
    > "jack0233" <jep0...@gmail.com> said this in news itemnews:551440cb-2825-46bb-8c9d-6e53502af202@k17g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory.  I have the
    > > program DriveImage XML.  At one point it says to create a partition
    > > somewhere for the image it's going to create.  I have a 40G external
    > > plug and play HD.  I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > > disturbing other files and folders I have on it.  There's plenty of
    > > free space.  Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > > that partition.  So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > > partiton."  I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition.  I get OPEN/
    > > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > > PROPERTIES / HELP.  I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here?  Thanks
    > > so much.  jack

    >
    > If you can see the words "Delete Partition" then you're obviously not
    > clicking on free space. You're clicking on a partition that is already
    > allocated. Have a look at this linkhttp://www.4shared.com/file/203231800/773c7f0d/DiskMgmt.htmlto see what a
    > free partition looks like. I have circled it in red so that you can see what
    > I mean. Download the file to get a better resolution, and ignore the German
    > wording.
    >
    > Note also that you do NOT need an unallocated partition for DriveImage to
    > create an image file. You need a lot of free space on an allocated
    > partition.- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Thanks, reading it diligently! jack
     
  8. jack0233

    jack0233 Flightless Bird

    On Jan 21, 11:44 am, Bob I <bire...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Subdividing a current partition will require a third party partition
    > manager. Visit google for options.
    >
    >
    >
    > jack0233 wrote:
    > > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory.  I have the
    > > program DriveImage XML.  At one point it says to create a partition
    > > somewhere for the image it's going to create.  I have a 40G external
    > > plug and play HD.  I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > > disturbing other files and folders I have on it.  There's plenty of
    > > free space.  Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > > that partition.  So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > > partiton."  I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition.  I get OPEN/
    > > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > > PROPERTIES / HELP.  I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here?  Thanks
    > > so much.  jack- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Thanks for the tip! jack
     
  9. jack0233

    jack0233 Flightless Bird

    On Jan 21, 12:06 pm, "Pegasus [MVP]" <n...@microsoft.com> wrote:
    > "jack0233" <jep0...@gmail.com> said this in news itemnews:551440cb-2825-46bb-8c9d-6e53502af202@k17g2000vbm.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Toshiba Tablet XP Home/Student with plenty of memory.  I have the
    > > program DriveImage XML.  At one point it says to create a partition
    > > somewhere for the image it's going to create.  I have a 40G external
    > > plug and play HD.  I'd like to create a partition on it without
    > > disturbing other files and folders I have on it.  There's plenty of
    > > free space.  Various resources say use XP Disk Management to create
    > > that partition.  So when I go there it appears as they say but when
    > > they say click on the free space choose the selection "Create new
    > > partiton."  I have right clicked everywhere in that program on the
    > > USBHD gui and no where do I get a create new partition.  I get OPEN/
    > > EXPLORE / CHANGE DRIVE LETTER AND PATHS / FORMAT / DELETE PARTITION /
    > > PROPERTIES / HELP.  I was hoping to put an image there of my laptops
    > > drive C that could be restored, an exact copy with all programs etc.
    > > ERU NT doesn't serve me, I've tried that so this seems to be the way.
    > > Any help that is understandable to a moderate tech user here?  Thanks
    > > so much.  jack

    >
    > If you can see the words "Delete Partition" then you're obviously not
    > clicking on free space. You're clicking on a partition that is already
    > allocated. Have a look at this linkhttp://www.4shared.com/file/203231800/773c7f0d/DiskMgmt.htmlto see what a
    > free partition looks like. I have circled it in red so that you can see what
    > I mean. Download the file to get a better resolution, and ignore the German
    > wording.
    >
    > Note also that you do NOT need an unallocated partition for DriveImage to
    > create an image file. You need a lot of free space on an allocated
    > partition.- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Thanks I am reading your's diligently! jack
     

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