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GrahamB
25-11-2006, 06:38 PM
I have a new 200Gb external hard drive that I want to partition. Are there any programs available at minimal of no cost that can partition this disk without having first to create a Floppy Disk file? (My wonderfully new HP computer doesn't have an A drive!)

TFYH

Regards
GrahamB

Overdrive_5000
25-11-2006, 06:54 PM
Maybe try a linux live cd boot off that then use something like Qtparted ? Might work. HTH

Terry Porritt
25-11-2006, 07:19 PM
If you are using Windows XP, and the drive is detected during boot, then it can be partitioned and formatted from within XP, Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management.

If you want to use FAT 32 though, you would need to make up a Win 98 boot CD, with format.com and fdisk.exe, the latter being the updated version giving large disk support.

Edit: because XP only formats FAT32 up to 32GB AFAIK.

dconline
25-11-2006, 08:50 PM
i have always used partition magic it works great

PedalSlammer
25-11-2006, 08:56 PM
i have always used partition magic it works great Same here. Partition Magic is easy to use.

Big John
26-11-2006, 09:04 PM
Same here. Partition Magic is easy to use.

He did say at MINIMAL or NO COST. Partition Magic costs and quite a bit relatively speaking

zqwerty
26-11-2006, 09:12 PM
Have not used it myself but came across it the other day, looks to be free.

http://www.cutepm.com/

http://www.majorgeeks.com/CPM_Cute_Partition_Manager_d5369.html

Rover
28-11-2006, 03:49 AM
i have always used partition magic it works great

I prefer Disk Director by Acronis. It is not free but cheaper than Partition Magic. It can resize, move, copy, split, and merge partitions without losing your data. Besides that Disk Director has a number of useful tools to manage your space.