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    format external hard disc

    I have bought a Seagate external hard disk, connected by USB to my laptop pc. The drive has a number of partitions, which show up as drive letters in the usual way. I want to format the thing into one big drive, but using partition magic, i get error messages and PM refuses to touch the disk. I think I need another software package to handle the partitioning, but don;t really know of any. I don't know why there is a problem, so am a bit anxious about messing with it. Thanks in advance. frank

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    Re: format external hard disc

    I gave up PM a long time ago, Frank, and have since been using Disk Director Suite (Acronis). Since I have two Seagate USB externals, I just went to one of 'em with Disk Director and it's willing to let me change the partition structure. I cancelled out because I don't want to change anything. I'm surprised that your drive has a number of partitions. When I bought both of mine they were formatted as FAT32 in a single partition and "all" I had to do was use the CONVERT command to change them to NTFS.

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    Re: format external hard disc

    I'd be very surprised if you need to use or buy 3rd party software for what should be a standard procedure and I can't believe Seagate don't supply a solution to this - did you not get any software with the drive?

    Any suggestions on their support site? - e.g. Partition Magic 8.0 cannot create a FAT32 partition greater than 160GB from Windows 2000/XP

    Otherwise, what operating system, and what Seagate drive model do you have?

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    Re: format external hard disc

    Hi Frank,

    Not sure what's happening for you, and both Leif and BigAl have suggested things you'll want to follow-up on.

    I'd like to add to the suggestions, gparted LiveCD. This is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) download that will allow you from boot up to bypass the Windows Environment, and perform disc manipulations on your drives similar to Partition Magic. With it be FOSS, it's free (as in beer (whoohoo)), and can be downloaded from the page I linked.
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    Re: format external hard disc

    Have you tried right-clicking on the drive in My Computer and selecting the "Format" option ??
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    Re: format external hard disc

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    <hr>I'm surprised that your drive has a number of partitions<hr>
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    I suspect that he bought it used Al.
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    Re: format external hard disc

    Hello Doc, and everyone else.
    I bought the disc new, and PM let me re-partition it into several drive letters. Now I want to have just one big one - about 250GB. Right-click and 'format' will format that drive letter, but I want to remove all the partitions and the data on them, and PM says there is a disk geometry error or problem and fails to touch the disk. Lief's article link explains PM's unhappiness, so I shall try gparted and see how that goes. (I tried Disk Director but it wants paying before applying the changes it says it can do - maybe it will come to that.) Thanks for all your help. Frank

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    Re: format external hard disc

    Do you have any data on this disk that you need to keep?

    If not then you can just use Windows Disk Manager to delete all partitions on the disk.
    Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc

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    Re: format external hard disc

    Thankyou Stuart, that solution will do nicely!
    I let you know how I get on.
    frank

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    Re: format external hard disc

    If Stuart's suggestion does not work for you, there is another avenue you might pursue. I use PM v8 and recently was attempting to re-arrange my disk partitions (delete one and resize another) and got an Error "1513: Bad attribute position in file record" which required that I upgrade my version and apply a patch. I have attached the document I created from the information regarding the upgrade and patch. I don't know if this will apply to your situation, but it may be worth a look if you can't get this done any other way.
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    Re: format external hard disc

    Stuart's tip did exactly what I needed. In fact, diskmgmt seems to do all I ever wanted from PM. Many thanks Frank

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    Re: format external hard disc

    The reason people use a product like Partition Manager is that it allows you to make changes without losing all your data.

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