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- Partitionning and formatting a HDD
April 18, 2006, 6:48 pm
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formatted NTFS and somehow I deleted the partition. Presently, it has
absolutely nothing on it. When I plug it USB the device is recognized
but no letter appears in the explorer. I tried fdisk but I could not
get to the drive. The HDD will be used with WinMe and 2000. Can
someone help me in creating a FAT32 partition and formatting after.
Re: Partitionning and formatting a HDD
Well, technically, you need to define a partition first before you can
assign a drive letter, right? I don't use XP Disk Mamangement myself
(BootIt NG instead), but to be precise, you can't just take a HDD w/o
anything on it (the OP indicated he deleted the only partition it had) and
assign a drive letter. Drive letters are assigned to partitions on a HD,
not the HD itself.
Anyway, just thought perhaps this was confusing the OP.
Btw, within XP itself (using Disk Management), you can't define a FAT32
partition >32GB (IIRC). That's why it's often better to use another tool
like BootIt NG, Partition Magic, etc., which *can*. When I get a new
external HD (w/ or w/o enclosure), I always hook it up via USB or IDE
channel and use BootIt NG to define and format a FAT32 partition (to
circumvent this limitation). Now when XP boots, it will recognize the HD
and automatically assign a drive letter. Of course, if you prefer NTFS,
it's easier and more straight forward to simply use XP Disk Managment. But
for FAT32, XP's inability to define >32GB FAT32 partitions requires a
workaround as I've described here.