View Full Version : Partitioning an external hard drive

25-08-2011, 01:21 PM
Are there any advantages in partitioning an external hard drive?
I want to backup videos, music, photos and documents on it and wonder if simply separate folders would allow more flexibility than partitions which once set restrict storage space for their particular folders.

25-08-2011, 01:30 PM
Format it NTFS (at least check its NTFS)
I'd leave as single partition , with separate dir's , as you suggested
Simple is best.

or if you want to complicate it up, have 2 partitions, with 2 separate backups & alternate between the 2.

25-08-2011, 01:34 PM
I think that most externals are NFTS. I have found that if you want to save and play videos via a USB connection into your TV, the USB will only accept FAT32.

I have an external that I keep my videos on that has been partitioned as FAT32 but I have a small, additional NFTS partition that I use with Acronis to backup my C:\ drive.

25-08-2011, 01:37 PM
My 500GB external hard drive just contains a single NTFS partition. I can see the point in partitoning an internal drive but partitoning an external drive has no point for me (unless I needed a FAT32 partition)

Speedy Gonzales
25-08-2011, 01:46 PM
If the hdd is FAT32 / and the videos are over 4 GB, you're going to have probs