For data storage and data backup needs, an increasing number of users begin to user external hard drives. Essentially, external hard drive doesn't differ sharply from fixed hard drive but is convenient for using on different computers externally and popularly thanks to prominent portability and mobility. As everyone knows current mobile storage devices are being diversified, such as USB flash drive, CD and all kinds of memory card. However, we can not manage these kinds of storage devices like what we do on partitions but cram all files disorderedly into them. External hard driver, on the contrary, can be properly like partitions by using third-party partition magic, MiniTool Partition Wizard, which helps partition external hard drive. Partitioning hard drive not only helps manage data methodically, but offers other excellent advantages.
Why partition external hard drive?
It is known to all that we can sort different types of files in different partitions by partitioning external hard drive. But this is far from being over. If we fill all data into external hard drive chaotically without classification, efficiency of searching desired data as well as operating system will be impaired. By contrast, if we classify data into different types and store them in different partition, operating system would locate corresponding files more efficiently to uplift system operating efficiency. After partitioning external hard drive, we can also specify different user permissions, giving different users different rights to perform operations, preventing illegal operations and minimizing potential damage resulted from virus attack by limiting virus damage within only one partition effectively, which are obviously vital for external hard drive frequently used on different computers. Additionally, disk space utilization can be improved and we can create mirror if we partition external hard drive. All these great features guide us to a conclusion partitioning external hard drive is very beneficial.
MiniTool Partition Wizard – the best partition magic for partitioning external hard drive MiniTool Partition Wizard is indispensable to partition external hard drive for this partition magic offers powerful functions, not only enabling us to smoothly partition external hard drive but helping us in future partition management. As has been mentioned before, external hard drive shares similarity with fixed hard drive in essence. Partitioning external hard drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard is equally the same with that on fixed hard drive and here is a detailed demonstration:
MiniTool Partition Wizard offers a free edition for home and personal user at http://www.partitionwizard.com. For Windows XP users, you can install this partition magic on fixed hard drive partition and then partition external hard drive.
Then, launch this partition magic to partition external hard drive.
Select the unallocated in this interface and click "Create" on tool bar.
Set partition parameters including drive letter, file system, cluster size and partition size in this interface and then click "OK" after settings.
Retuning to main interface, you will see all settings is presented. But, we need one more step to finish partitioning external hard drive, namely, by clicking "Apply" to really realize all pending operations.
It is really simple to partition external hard drive with MiniTool Partition Wizard partition magic given that you know the basic operations of computer. Apart from creating partition, this partition magic can also copy partition, merge partitions and wipe partition, etc for you to make external hard drive management more convenient and effective.