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formatting hard drive

by tski108 / January 16, 2007 8:57 AM PST

i have an external hard drive that is partitioned and i would like to know if there is a way to format the hard drive and combine the partitions into one, and possibly install windows xp on it while running windows on a different hard drive

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Maybe
by tubaloth / January 16, 2007 9:03 AM PST
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>>>i have an external hard drive that is partitioned and i would like to know if there is a way to format the hard drive and combine the partitions into one

So this External Hard Drive has more then one partition and you want to make them all one? You can do that with a number of programs I think partition magic is used a lot but I think Norton bought them.

>>>and possibly install windows xp on it while running windows on a different hard drive
So you want Windows XP on both the External and Internal (in your PC). I can think of anything that would cause problems expect how it boots up. I don?t know if You can boot windows XP on a External Hard drive.

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error...
by tski108 / January 17, 2007 9:35 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe

i tried using partition magic and when i view the partition info for the drive is says "Error #113: Primary partition starting at 14726880 overlaps previous partition. Error #105: Partition didn't begin on head boundary. ucBeginHead expected to be 0 or 1, not 180."......what does this mean???

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regarding partitions
by linkit / January 17, 2007 10:03 AM PST
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Combining partitions is never without risk of losing all data on both partitions.

I'd just move all important folders and files to another disk ('C' drive or other), use XP's DISK MANAGEMENT to delete the two partitions, and then create one big NTFS partition. No need for third party software like Partition Magic.

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Not made to install on externals
by linkit / January 16, 2007 11:33 AM PST
In reply to: formatting hard drive

Delete and create partitions in DISK MANAGEMENT.

XP doesn't install to externals. Yes, you may have seen the articles about XP being installed to an external flash drive, but there are problems with that.

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