Partitioning hard drive please help

Discussion in 'General Technical' started by petamartt, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. petamartt


    Apr 23, 2010
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    Hey everyone,
    im using windows vista business.
    I just bought a 500gb western digital external usb hard drive.
    i am trying to partition this hard drive. this is how im trying to do it:
    1. right click my computer go manage.
    2. go disk management
    3. right click the volume/hard drive and click shrink.
    The problem is that when i right click the external hard drive it doesn't allow me to click shrink.(its an option but not colored in black its like clear and i cant click it.)
    i want to avoid formatting it as i have about 150gb of files on it. its in fat32 format. are their any other things you could think of, and if i have to format it please tell me. also is it possible to partition that external hard drive.
    (also if i use my mac and go to utilities it shows that hardrive and allows me to partition but to finish partitioning you must format, im just trying to avoid that because i don't want to wait for 150gb to copy. however if its the only way then i will.)

    sorry its so long but i would appreciate any help or tips. thanks.
    petamartt, Apr 24, 2010
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  2. petamartt

    Guest Guest

    Go to
    Type in Easeus Partition Manager.
    Download and install it.
    Plug your 500 in, and then start easeus.
    Select your drive, and partition to your hearts content.
    It`ll show you how much of your drive is already used.
    Guest, Apr 24, 2010
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