Just acquired my second WD external drive, a 1.5 TB Home Edition, for use with Win XP Pro. Wanting to change from FAT32 to NTFS, I followed the well-written instructions in Answer ID 207. After deleting the existing partition, I progressed through selection of partition type and size, etc.
Wound up with a primary partition of only 8 MB and unallocated space remaining of 1397 GB. Went through the Windows Partition Wizard a second time and created an Extended partition to enable the rest of the WD drive. Problem is, the tiny 8 MB primary partition has a logical drive letter and so does the extended partition. And, the system did not employ a quick format - it is still chugging along after 4 hours and only 50% complete.
The example result shown in Step 12 of Answer 207 shows only a single partition.
QUESTION 1: Should I delete the two new WD partitions and try again?
QUESTION 2: If it is not possible to create a single partition then should I make the first one larger than 8 MB, to accommodate the allocation table? What is the recommended size?
QUESTION 3: Assuming I will need to make two partitions, should the second also be a primary, as opposed to the extended one I created initially?
QUESTION 4: And finally, should I select a specific allocation unit size, other than default? The primary content of this drive will be AVI video files ranging from 100-600 MB, plus VOB files of approximately 1 GB.