You can choose to create several partitions but be aware that if you want to change this at a later point, it's required to format the drive again or use 3rd party software.
Win98/SE and WinME do not recognize NTFS formatted drives, so if you want to use your drive on those platforms, we recommend you to use FAT32 instead.
If you use this device to backup your data using a 3rd party software running MS-DOS, we recommend you to format the drive using FAT32.
Mac OS does not recognize NTFS formatted drives, to use your device on both platforms, we recommend you using FAT32.
If you use Win2000 or WinXP and FAT32, the biggest single partition you can create will be 32GB. To create larger partitions, you need to use the DOS command under Win98SE or WinME or change to NTFS format.
If you can not see the drive, make sure the jumper settings of your hard drive are correct, the drivers are installed and the power is turned on!
If you want to use your drive on a PC running Microsoft Windows as well as on your Mac, we recommend you to use a PC to format the drive. Choose FAT32 when formatting and do not change anything on the partition or format on your Mac, otherwise the PC will not be able to recognize the drive anymore.
If you can not see the drive, make sure the jumper settings of your hard drive are correct, there are no extension conflicts and the power is turned on!
Partitioning and Formatting
Be aware that this will destroy all your existing data on the drive, so make sure you have a backup! This step is usually only required the first time you install a factory new hard drive, if you change the format or want to erase all data on your drive.
PC Running Windows 98/SE or Windows ME:
MS-DOS command "fdisk" (press Enter to confirm)
• Type "fdisk" and press Enter
• Select "Y' and press Enter
• Enter "5" to change the drive
• Select the drive you want to format
• Choose "1" and follow the onscreen instructions
PC Running Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7:
Disk Management Program
• Right click on "My Computer" and choose "Manage"
• Select "Disk Management"
• Choose the drive you want to format and right click on it for further commands (Choose New Partition)
• Follow the Partition Wizard
Mac OS9.2 and earlier, does not support creating partitions on an external drive. To do that, you would need to purchase additional 3rd party software, connect the drive to the internal IDE bus or upgrade to OS X. Initializing the drive can be done on all Operating Systems.
For Mac OS X, use the Disk Utility to format and create partitions on your external disk.
• Select "Disk Utility" in the utilities folder
• Choose your external drive and format it according to your requirement
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