Logical drive problems

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tishdon

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Last week the partition in my hard drive collapses after I tried to upgrade the OS. My older brother took that chance to create a logical drive to use the unharnessed 30 Gb on the 160 GB HD. After reformatting the main HD partition I installed the OS.

This is where things got really ugly. The OS evenly installed itself on both the main partition and the logical drive, making the system all but unuseable. I have ordered another HD which will arrive soon but I wanted to ask if the new drive (250GB) has more then one partition created to use the entire drive will the same event happen twice, or was it an error caused by a old HD. Also if two partitions are created and the second one wasn't formatted is it possible to format it after the OS installation.

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Sometimes it could be that you did not format the HD correctly.
If you do not have any important files or you have alread backup you the files,
then it's better for you to reformat and repartiton it.

Most harddrives should come with a HD drive installation utility.
If you do not have one, the go and download it from your harddrive's
maufacture website.

New harddrive come in "RAW" in other words, there is not partiton,
you have to create the partiton yourself. Use the HD install utitlity to
perform the partiton setup.


Warning!The HD drive installation utility will erase all partitions and
data on the drive. If you just want to erase a single partiton from a series of partitons on a single HD, then use the Computer Manger located inside the Administrative Tools console.


This is my suggestion.
-Backup your important files.
-Repartion your 160gb using a HD installation utiltiy
-Create only 1 whole partiton
-Install your OS
-Install all drivers, updates, and other necessary tweaks and
programs for OS. As well as the programs you would like to use.
-Turn off PC and unplug your 160gb HD, now connect your new 250gb HD
-Use the HD installation utility
-Also create only one partiton. Once you are done, turn off your PC.
-Now connect both your 160 and 250GB*
-Now inside your computer, you should see two logical drives.
One being the primary for your installation and the 250gb as your
secondary for your files.

*If 2 drive are connect to 1 EIDE cable use either Master and Slave.
No drive can have the same setting.
For SATA there is not setting, it's only controlled by the BIOS.

HD installation utiltiy.

WesternDigital: link
Maxtor: link

Seagate: link

Hitachi: Use the partition manager during the OS setup.

BTW: Installation OS on both partiton does not mean they are unusable.
It's called dual boot. If you have the proper COA and know how to
install and configure it that is.

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  • Jan 29, 2006

leosama84

leosama84

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what tiki-kun said was very true...
i have 3 160 GB hard drives, and each one has only, and ONLY ONE PARTITION! per logical drive....so they're only C, D, and E! each one has nothing to do with the other.

the thing with multi-partitions per drive, gives your system more opportunities to crash...

lets say (for example), u have C, D, E, F, & G , 5 partitions in "a" 250 GB, and lets assume that each one is 50 GB...one for music, one for anime, one for program files...etc., if the anime partition crashes (for any reason), all of the rest of those partitions will crash as well ... b/c they are in the same drive! and for anti-virus programs, partitions is a pain in the @$$!

so...if you want to make a partition (for any purpose), use a MAX of 2! like 40 or 50 GB for the "C" drive (that's where the program files & windows should go to)! and the other partition is for ur "X-tra" stuff ;)

my openion again ^_^

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You can have multiple partition on one HD, but you just
have to know how to use it, that's all.

e.g. If you want multi-boot OS, then it's better to install the OSes
in each individual partitions from the same HD, instead of installing
each OS in each individual HDs.

Ohh and don't rely on the HD for databackup.
IF a HD fails, then all your files will be gone.
Backup to multiple sources, and make 2 or 3 copies of each because
you will never know which one will go out.

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  • Jan 29, 2006

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