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partition question

by dcrewchief / November 1, 2004 10:35 AM PST

i have western digital 120 gig external firewire HDD. i have formatted it in NTFS and use it for storage. can i partition part of it out and install an OS without loosing the info i have on it already? i was thinking of putting XP Pro on it. the drive is just formatted and has not been partitioned at all yet.

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Let's take this in reverse order...
by Michael Geist / November 1, 2004 7:54 PM PST
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"the drive is just formatted and has not been partitioned at all yet."

This is not a true statement in that formatting will not occur on an unpartitioned drive.

"can i partition part of it out"

Tools such as Partition Magic can give you the ability to repartition a drive.

"and install an OS without loosing the info i have on it already?"

As long as formatting the drive does not take place your data should stay intact. However if this data is important I would not monkey around with it, have a backup or two made. Your Bios will determine whether or not this drive can boot. Note that XP is not a traveling OS and moving it from system to system does not work well.

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Re: partition question
by Yew / November 1, 2004 8:58 PM PST
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There are a few fatal flaws with your plan, which you should be aware of.

First off, you can certainly install XP onto removable drive, but it won't be that useful.

As already mentioned, Windows doesn't tend to like sudden hardware changes. This is actually a design flaw in the OS, there's nothing you can do about it. Assuming you can overcome the problem below, you could probably install a copy of Linux or FreeBSD without too much difficulty, unless you wanted a graphical environment. Then things might get tricky.

Even if that weren't a problem, very few systems can boot from a firewire device. It's still a bit uncommon to find one that can boot from a USB device.

That being said, even with a firewire drive, I think you'd find the access times to be unacceptable for running an operating system from an external device.

I'd suggest just sticking to using it as a storage device and only a storage device.

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Re: partition question
by dcrewchief / November 2, 2004 11:38 AM PST
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thanks for the replies i really appreciate it. seems not all ideas are good ones lol. oh well just a thought.

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