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I just got a new WD 160g HDD :)
Now, my question is, how should I go about installing and partitioning this?
Thanks in advance.
 

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Go to Control Panel--> Administrative tools. Then click on Computer Management --> Disk Management. That will let you partition your drive and assign drive letters.
 

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Well plug it in (if it's ordinary Parallel ATA you need to set master or slave)
Make sure the BIOS detects it
Go to Windows
Right click "My Computer" > Click "Manage" > Click "Disk Management"
The rest should be pretty obvious.
 

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Make sure you have service pack 1 for WinXP or pack 3 for Win2000. Without it, you'll only be able to see 128-136g.

As far as partitions, my 250 is setup as 50, 80 and 100. The 50 for booting and the other 2 for useless stuff.
 

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ok, thanks kane and omega.
I already have an 80g SE for booting and everything else, so I might wind up reinstalling XP so I can partition both drives.
New question now though...
Why do you have a 50 gig partition just for booting? Does having extra space on the boot partition increases speed?
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thanks to captain also, guess I missed your post somehow :)
Just thought of something else now though. Can I partition a drive if there is already data on it, or do I have to reformat it?
 

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>Just thought of something else now though. Can I partition a drive if there is already data on it, or do I have to reformat it?

If you want to resize a partition, a program like PQMagic is the key, but if you just want to add another partition where there isn't one (ie: you have a 60Gb drive with only a 30Gb partition on it, not if you have a 60Gb drive with a 60Gb partition that is half full) yes, you can.
 
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