Extrenal Hard drive help

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Dec 12, 2010
  1. kingofgamesgx
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    Member kingofgamesgx Hitokiri Battousai

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    ok i picked up a Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB the other day and i intended to use it for the moment to backup my PS3,and maybe later on for my wii but i need to make a fat32 partition first now i know i gotta go to disk management and right click and click shrink volume (im on vista if it matters) but when i get to the window that says

    total size before shrink in MB:
    Size of available shrink space in MB:
    Enter the amount of space to shrink to in MB:
    total size after the shrink in MB:

    im lost (a friend says i just put 3200 in the 3rd one go from there but i want to be 100% sure)

    so can someone tell me what to do here and if i have to do anything after this?
     
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    Total Size before shrink means the overall size that is on the current partition on the hard drive as of right now. So if there is only one partition, thats the whole size of the hard drive
    Size available to shrink is how much free space within the partition you can shrink. So in sense, this is the max number you are able to shrink it.
    Enter the amount is where you enter the amount to shrink it by. You can shrink it by any amount that is under the number that is stated in the size available above.
    Size after is just how big the old size will be.

    Side note: You can shrink it by any amount, not just how big you want your new partition to be so in case you want more partitions or to extend the new one later.

    After you do this, you can just format the free space you've made into a usable partition. Hope this helps koggy.
     
  3. kingofgamesgx
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    k thanks chip im formatting my partition now
     

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