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panamation
07-01-2005, 02:10 PM
recently i had a new 100g hdd installed, however now I need to partition it into 2 optical drive (one 40g and the other 60) the problem is i dint know how to partition. is there an idiots guide to this?????

ninja
07-01-2005, 02:26 PM
recently i had a new 100g hdd installed, however now I need to partition it into 2 optical drive (one 40g and the other 60) the problem is i dint know how to partition. is there an idiots guide to this?????

I think you mean logical drives.

Optical Drives are CD-Rom/DVD (laser) devices.
http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=define%3A+optical+drive&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

What operating system? Instructions will vary from OS to OS.

panamation
07-01-2005, 02:54 PM
logical cheers!!!
im running xp
thanks for ya help

ninja
07-01-2005, 02:57 PM
logical cheers!!!
im running xp
thanks for ya help

If the drive doesn't have a windows install on it (is blank) - just go into Control Panel --> Administrative Somethingerother --> Computer Management --> Disk Management --> follow your nose.

You can repartition and format from inside there (you will lose all data on said drive).

If you are installing Windows onto the drive you can partition it during the install process - it prompts you for this and is reasonable intuitive.

Bryanm
07-01-2005, 02:58 PM
recently i had a new 100g hdd installed, however now I need to partition it into 2 optical drive (one 40g and the other 60) the problem is i dint know how to partition. is there an idiots guide to this?????
A quick search on google reveals a number of articles on how to partition a drive. Some of the programs are commercial, but some are free. Even fdisk can be used to partition. I use Partition Magic myself which is available here, http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

ninja
07-01-2005, 03:06 PM
A quick search on google reveals a number of articles on how to partition a drive. Some of the programs are commercial, but some are free. Even fdisk can be used to partition. I use Partition Magic myself which is available here, http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/

Be wary though - I've had significant bad experiences with above software if using it to "edit" partitions.

panamation
07-01-2005, 03:08 PM
i tried doing it from bootup with the windows cd but when it asks me whether i want to repair or create a new installation it doesnt matter what i choose it always tells me the it cannot find any hard drives and setup cannot continue!!!!!! what the?????

ninja
07-01-2005, 03:13 PM
i tried doing it from bootup with the windows cd but when it asks me whether i want to repair or create a new installation it doesnt matter what i choose it always tells me the it cannot find any hard drives and setup cannot continue!!!!!! what the?????

Is it a Serial ATA drive?

panamation
07-01-2005, 03:27 PM
not sure how do i find this out?

ninja
07-01-2005, 03:35 PM
not sure how do i find this out?

What kind of cable is plugged into it:

A http://www.vgmusic.com/faq/gallery/plugs/p-IDE.jpg

or

A http://www.ca-online.com/CustomRequest/Images/SATA%20web.jpg

panamation
07-01-2005, 03:37 PM
yeah this one
http://www.vgmusic.com/faq/gallery/plugs/p-IDE.jpg

Jen
07-01-2005, 04:43 PM
Does the BIOS recognise your hard drive? To enter the BIOS, just keep tapping the DEL key (or whatever key is displayed to enter setup) as the machine first boots until you get into the BIOS. Have a look to see whether the drive is detected correctly.

panamation
07-01-2005, 06:12 PM
yeah it is
now what!!!! :angry

Greg
08-01-2005, 08:58 AM
You need to advise if the drive is a second drive, or is it the only one, and does it have Windows already installed?