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How to divide an external drive

How to divide an external drive

Many have become accustomed to the fact that fixed hard disks partitioned.

Usually this is done to ensure the stable operation of the Windows operating system and its follow-up safely reinstall without data loss.

But you can share not only stationary, but portable hard drives. More often resorted to this method, when an external drive or more owners.

So much easier to protect your data from other users.

You will need

  • Administrator Account
  • Uninterruptible power supply (optional)



At the "sawing" of the external disk to topicsUnlike stationary, all the action will take place without restarting the computer directly into the Windows environment. You will need a special program. As an example, you can use Partition Magic. It is quite easy to use and hard to be able to damage your disc.

How to divide an external drive


Start the PowerQuest Partition Magic program. Open the "Master" menu and select "Create Partition" or "Rapid partitioning". Recommended pre-format the hard drive to speed up the process and its stability.

How to divide an external drive


In the window that appears, set the number, size and file system of the future partition of the external hard drive. Do not create a partition is too small unless absolutely necessary.


When all operations and settings are completed,click "Apply" or "Start" and wait for the process to complete. It should immediately be noted that when working with hard drives, it is best to use an uninterruptible power supply.

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