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Format Seagate external drive


RedT

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I purchased a Seagate 1Tb external drive that came with "Seagate Dashboard" software to manage back-ups. What I would like to do is create 2 500Gb partitions and use my Acronis software to make mirror images of both my desktop and laptop. Is this do-able? Would it be advisable to delete the "Seagate Dashboard"?

Thanks for any advice.
 

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broe23

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#2
Simply just plug it in and do a format. It took you longer to ask how to do this, than it would to have just plugged the drive in and right click on it after it loads in Windows Explorer, and choose "Format".
 

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    Linux Mint 17.2
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not need to delete Seagate Dashboard,but no need to keep it if you not gonna use it .you could use windows disk-manager [lower left of you desktop screen right click the windows icon and choose disk manager ]right click on the 1tb choose shrink volume , shrink it to 500gig ,it will then show 2- 500gig partitions ,click the 2nd one and set it up and format it ,its that simple for me anyway .
 

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    win8.1.1 enterprise
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    PC/Desktop
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    Hinze57
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    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
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    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
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    4gig ddr3
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    Radon hd5000 Series
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    onboard realtek hd
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    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
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    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
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broe23

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not need to delete Seagate Dashboard,but no need to keep it if you not gonna use it .you could use windows disk-manager [lower left of you desktop screen right click the windows icon and choose disk manager ]right click on the 1tb choose shrink volume , shrink it to 500gig ,it will then show 2- 500gig partitions ,click the 2nd one and set it up and format it ,its that simple for me anyway .
That takes longer, than just open up My Computer, right click on the removable device (Seagate USB driver), choose Format and left click on format, then click okay.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

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caperjack

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not need to delete Seagate Dashboard,but no need to keep it if you not gonna use it .you could use windows disk-manager [lower left of you desktop screen right click the windows icon and choose disk manager ]right click on the 1tb choose shrink volume , shrink it to 500gig ,it will then show 2- 500gig partitions ,click the 2nd one and set it up and format it ,its that simple for me anyway .
That takes longer, than just open up My Computer, right click on the removable device (Seagate USB driver), choose Format and left click on format, then click okay.
ok, you want to fill user in on how to create the 2 partitions when they hit format ,just in case they don't know ,assuming they don't or they wouldn't be in here looking
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1.1 enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hinze57
    CPU
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
    Case
    micro
    Keyboard
    microsoft curve 200
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M215
    Internet Speed
    high speed 20
    Browser
    ie 11
    Antivirus
    windows defender
    Other Info
    updated enterprise apr 2/14

broe23

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#6
Launch Acronis, choose drive, then choose "Split Volume". Acronis will actually walk them through the procedure, after they get the first part out of the way.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.

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