I need a DISK DRIVE GURU to help with this one...
I bought a Clickfree 1TB Automatic Backup external hard drive. My mistaken belief that the backups created would be images of the source drives soon became apparent. I don't want to back up data files; I want to make full drive images of 4 different PCs and store them on the external drive.
When I looked at the Clickfree drive, I saw that it had a 46MB partition at the front that is formatted as CDFS. The rest of the drive was formatted as a large NTFS partition. When I plugged the drive in to my USB port, Vista (64) saw the CDFS partition as the K: drive and the NTFS partition as the J: drive. Fortunately, I had disabled autorun or plugging in the drive would have executed software on the drive to initiate a backup of my PC's main drive.
So, I had the idea that I could delete the CDFS partition and then just use Acronis True Image Home 2010 to make the drive images I wanted. HOWEVER, so far, I have found it impossible to delete the CDFS partition. When I used Vista's Disk Manager, it only saw the NTFS J: drive. It can't see the CDFS K: drive. I also tried Paragon's Drive Backup 10.0 Professional, as well as the drive format provisions of Acronis. Same problem.
I wrote emails to Clickfree and to Paragon, but they can't suggest a way to get rid of the CDFS partition. Searching the web, the only discussions of removing CDFS partitions that I could find had to do with removing them from USB thumbdrives. In those cases, the thumbdrive maker (for example U3) had utility software to zap the partition. I could find no such thing for my external drive.
I would appreciate suggestions of techniques and utilities to try to turn this emblazoned hard drive into a regular vanilla external drive!