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Will a hard drive with multiple partitions work in an external case? Answered

As the title says, will a SATA hard drive formatted in NTFS with multiple partitions work in an external hard drive case? I'm upgrading to a new hard drive, and I'm thinking of putting the old one in an external case so I can get my data back quickly. however, compaq has gave it a recovery partition, so i can reset it to factory specifications. will this stop the USB hard drive case from recognizing it? Also, it's formatted as a NTFS file system, will this mess it up also? I don't think so, as FAT32 only goes to 127 GB and you can buy bigger external hard drives, but I'm not an expert so I can't tell for sure. Thanks in advance, -BD

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Goodhart

9 years ago

Are you upgrading, as in bigger, or as in different HD? If simply, different, you could probably set it to be recognized as a secondary drive, although, I am not sure what might need to be done as far as drive designations are concerned.

But, as Nacho has said, it should work, barring all other possible problems :-)

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DJBDGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

Bigger!!! Lol, 250 GB to 1 TB, both SATA II, both 7200 RPM, both Samsung. The windows partition is C:\ The recovery partition is D:\ on what base will be chosen which partition will be used? drive letter, the sector where the partition starts, the size or something else? Thanks for the help, -BD PS: I don't need that recovery partition, after I got all my data back, I'll format it into one partition, so I got an empty backup disk.

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NachoMahmaDJBD

Reply 9 years ago

. Just plug it in and boot. Windows will automagically assign drive letters (you can change them using the Disk Management Console, if you wish). If you don't need the recovery partition, you shouldn't have any problems.

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DJBDNachoMahma

Reply 9 years ago

Thank you, I'll go swap it now. (and make an instructable about it.)

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NachoMahma

9 years ago

. If will work in your computer, you should be able to use it in an external case. You may run into problems accessing the recovery partition and/or running the recovery program, but the HDD itself and the NTFS partition should work just fine.