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operating system on slave drive?

by maref / November 22, 2005 1:04 AM PST

I want to add a slave hard drive to my xp computer. do I need to install XP on to the hard drive after it has been reformated?

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No OS needed
by Steven Haninger / November 22, 2005 1:44 AM PST

Unless you want the slave to contain another OS so you can boot to it for certain purposes, all that's needed is to format it. With XP, this is done through the disk management too in the Control Panel under Administrative Tools/Computer Management. You will need to install the slave drive first, of course. Then navigate to the disk management tool and right click on the disk which will show as unpartitioned. You will need to create at least one partition and format it. The drive will now show up in Explorer and you can use it as you wish to store data. You may install some programs on it but it's usually best to run these from the primary drive and use the slave for storage.

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I found out that
by TONI H / November 22, 2005 3:01 AM PST
In reply to: No OS needed

the choice after reaching the Disk Management for the drive is first to Activate the drive, then you can format it. I'm asusming that Activating the drive actually 'creates' the partition, but I couldn't find anything about how to create more than one partition for a slave drive....any idea how to do that if somebody desires more than one?


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you can always use Fdisk
by jonah jones / November 22, 2005 3:23 AM PST
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or (if you're very careful) diskpart

i read somewhere that there is also an 'fdisk for ntfs' out there "somewhere"


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Here's how it should look
by Steven Haninger / November 22, 2005 3:46 AM PST
In reply to: I found out that

If the drive is all free space, it should show as "unallocated". A right click will have an option to partition the drive. This brings up the "wizard". From here you can select whether it's a primary or extended partition. Usually you will select primary. The next screen allow you to select the partition size. If your selection is less than the entire drive capacity, the remainder is free space and you can repeat the partition process with these. Most likely you would select these as extended partitions. I believe there is a limit to partition #. This might only pertain to primary partitions but I do not know. Once the partitions are created you do have to format these and set them active. This is a background process and you can continue your other work or play time.:)

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All you could want to know about using ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 22, 2005 4:40 AM PST
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the Disk Administrator can be found at this link. The menu on the left of the page should be used.

You can also use the command line tool DiskPart (here is a link to using it properly (with all command syntax and parameters - )

Should you (or anyone else) want to partition and make use of FAT 32 for any strange reason Win 98 or Win ME latest versions of FDISK will work also - they allow creation of larger than 32GB FAT32 partitions which XP is natively limited to.

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