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Any free partitioning and formatting programs

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by MrsKitty, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    I have a disk that I need to format. It is an external that I popped into a case. I have tried four times to fdisk and format the thing in another box but no luck.

    It keeps telling me that it is an 8GB drive. It is an 80 GB drive.

    I downloaded a demo of Paragon Partition Manager that could detect the whole drive but to access, it wil be $50. So...

    Anybody know of any freebies?
     
  2. Bogart

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    You can piggy back it as a slave to a working computer and format from there. If you do not have a working computer, a DOS boot disk should do the job for you. You can download a boot disk if you don't have any at bootdisk.com
     

  3. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    Fdisk? Actual command line fdisk? Are you using an older OS or just have a penchant for the antique?

    If it's an older OS, is it also an older machine? There have been various size limits along the way, 8.4GB being one of them.
     
  4. hwyhobo

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    Most bootable Linux distributions on live CDs can partition a disk and format for a desired filesystem, including FAT32 (but not NTFS as far as I know). I've used Knoppix for that purpose. You can use either command-line or graphical tools. It does help a little to know what it is you're doing, but it's not that hard.
     
  5. MrsKitty

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    I am using XP Pro on a laptop. It is a hdd that I popped into an enclosure to use as an external.

    I only have laptops. The box that I tried partitioning and formating on doesn't have an OS as it is just an empty box used for that purpose. The HDD I have for it has DOS on it and I have played around trying to learn it but no luck. Thank God for DOS for Dummies and More DOS for Dummies and DOS Command Reference :supergrin:

    Yes, that was fdisk and format C:/s which is about the extent of the DOS I *do* know :rofl:

    So, I am starting to suspect DOS is the problem?
     
  6. Tom34

    Tom34 Obama Must Go!

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    I'll assume that you are connecting it to a USB port ?

    Go to Explorer, see if the drive shows up.

    Right click on the drive to format it.

    I've done a few this way.
     
  7. MrsKitty

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    Yeah, I have done that several times and it still is 8 GB.

    Went thru command prompt with the same results.

    It won't let me fdisk it from a command prompt.
     
  8. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    So you're booting to DOS to partition and format it..? Why? DOS may well have an 8GB partition limit. I always thought it was 2GB though.

    If you just want to format it for use in Windows XP:

    Control Panel
    (Performance and Maintenance, if you use category view)
    Administrative Tools
    Computer Management
    Storage
    Disk Management

    Look in the bottom right piece of that screen and find the drive you're working with. Right click on the 8GB partition and delete it. Right click on the now 80GB unallocated space and select New Partition. Pick Primary Partition, leave everything else default. Once it's done there, it'll drop you back to the Disk Management tool. Right click on the new partition and tell it to format. It'll only let you do NTFS on an 80GB partition. It'll chug away at it for a while then you're done.

    If you want to use this external box with a MAC, Win98 or something besides 2000/XP/Vista it'll need to be formatted as FAT or FAT32. FAT partitions are limited to 2.1GB, and while FAT32 is technically capable of adressing 8TB, XP will only let you format 32GB partitions.
     
  9. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    Oh, and the XP command line is diskpart. I don't rerccoment it as it's not as nice as fdisk. Just use the management tool.
     
  10. MrsKitty

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    It is 75% formatted now!

    Thank you so much!!!!

    :wavey:
     
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    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    yer welcome >'.'<