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Zero-Write New Transcend 500GB External HD?


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Like the topic says really... is it safe to a delete a factory partition and bundled software on a brand new 500GB Transcend external HD Model TS500GSJ25D3. I have removed their software before with no problems on small 1GB flash drives... but this is much newer, it actually looks like it has an OS in there!

Space is currently partitioned:

F: 78.1 GB (Freaky folders and apparently unnecessary stuff...)
G: 387 GB (Delicious free space... what I brought it for...)

On F currently (factory default):

\$RECYCLE.BIN
\WINDOWS\ (498MB)
\boot.ini
\bootfont.bin
\NTDETECT.COM
\ntldr

I do not intend to use it as a boot drive, only media storage, but... even if I was using it as a bootable drive, why would I need 78 GB of space!?!! It looks like they are doing this so I have to buy 2 drives not one!


Question is:

Can I safely use Computer Management to "mash" this all into one drive, do a zero-write and then carry on as usual or will there be performance/stability issues?

Thanks in advance for your help/comments.
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