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by phoenixdragon / May 4, 2006 10:11 PM PDT

Actually a 2 part but will be short. First, wanted to partition home HDD so Win-XP loaded then use back side for actual usage, ie; games & media. Thought being, use front for just oper sys loadup and back to prevent damage from virus, hacks, and minimizing formats should bad things happen. Problem, I do not know how to switch or use correctly so stuck with using entire drive. Second, close to first, have laptop and external HDD via USB, thought I could put XP on external but find can not. Do I assume the external is simply where you transferr files to and is not actuall used because when I tried to retrieve a file it could not be found, read, used, recognized or had any program to open it. Not a newbie but feel like one. Any help, advise or direction is greatly appreciated. More info on either system available if it would help.

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General tech help or insight
by billzhills / May 4, 2006 11:53 PM PDT

Partitioning (Spliting a drive) cannot be done todays Vendor system. The Recovery Disks create an image of the drive allowing only recovery or destrictive restore.

With a true XP CD on install ''X'' amount of drive can be assigned for install. After install via Disk Managment the balance of drive can be partitioned and activated.

External drives have to be properly formated for use and work the same as an internal drive. Your attempt install of XP to this drive may have corupted it. Use Disk Managment to reformat the drive.

For more information see
Retired's and Toni's post.


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Further info on original post
by phoenixdragon / May 5, 2006 2:53 AM PDT

Home unit is custom, I put Soyo Platinum w/ AMD-3200 (pre 64) in Antec w/ 500watt power, 1Gb 4200 mem, 120Gb HDD, Sound Blast 5.1, Nvidia 5600 graphics, (3) optical drives- CD-Cdr-DvD/R&R. So partitioning was/ is no problem, just when tried to access it seemed I had to load the full package again in order to use second partition. Maybe I was just missing the point back then. I thought I understood many gamers used such set up to maintain integrity, security and speed of OS yet enableing them to use the second part by somehow "switching" over. After my initial confusion, I stuck with single drive C: but know all too well with MicroSoft, a format is inevatable at some point. In which case would like to try the duo again. Not a problem when using 2000 and XP on same drive due to independant natures. Not yet understanding using "virtual" and exactly how they work. Think a trip to Barns & Noble is in order maybe. If I understood the Virtual drive then my laptop question would also be answered. Many thanks and will keep watching the forums.

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