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Dividing hard drive into 2?


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clareb2005

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Is it possible to split a hard drive into 2?

I have over 3500 music tracks on my PC and it takes ages doing virus scans and that as it goes through all the music as well, so I'm thinking putting music on one half and everything else on another just so it's easier to scan and stuff

I wouldn't know the first thing about doing it if it's possible!
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As an alternative, you could set your virus scan options to exclude the Music folder(s).
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Yes, it is possible, depending on how full the disk is and what you are willing to do. Doing a full backup is a good first step. Defraging the disk is the next step.

There are programs which will allow you to resize a partition, some cost money, others do not. For example, you can use Knoppix Live CD and boot it and use qtparted to change the size.

Another method is to copy all the data off, then delete the existing partitiion and create two new partitions, half the size of the disk.

If you don't always need the data available, you could create CDs, DVDs or use a USB connected disk.
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I did try but it won't let me, I've gone through all the settings and help screens on my virus program
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What AV are you using?
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I've got McAfee Security Centre
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Is there a version number?

These instructions are for McAfee Enterprise 7.0:
* Go to the VirusScan Console.
* Right-Clink on "On-Access Scan" and choose "Properties"
* Choose "All Processees"
* Choose "Detection"
* Choose "Exclusions"
* Click on "Add"
* Browse to the folder you want excluded.
* Check the box "also exclude subfolders"

Can you find anything similar in your version?
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Sorry! Mine's version 10, and I couldn't find anything like you had on yours
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Is it VirusScan Online 10?
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Check out this link: http://vil.nai.com/v...tion.aspx#VSO10

Scroll down to VirusScan Online 10 instructions. Is this what yours looks like? If so, check VirusScan Options.
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I tried this option and it only lets you choose whether you want to scan for PUPs or not :S
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Right - the link was dealing with PUPs. But if you go into Configure VirusScan Options (top option in right column), do you see a place to exclude certain folders?
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No, I tried this earlier :whistling:
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ClareB, what would probably be better is to buy a 2nd hard drive and install it in the computer and move all your music to that drive. I have 9800 MP3's i copied off my Music CD collection that i almost lost when the hard drive i had them on was corrupted by a virus. I was able to recover the MP3's and since then have kept them on their own HD. I was paranoid enough to copy them all to DVD's also but thats just me.I have moved this 120 G drive to 3 different computers so far and still burn music cd's when i want to from the drive. The plus here is it only takes a few minutes to defrag or run a virus check because not much changes on the drive. I just add more MP3's when i buy new CD's. I'm up to almost 45 gigs now.

http://www.helpwithp...-hard-drive.htm

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