I just ran into problems trying to create a third named partition (virtual drive) on my external backup drive but don't know why. Or how to fix it. Any help would be appreciated! The HDD is a new WD3200JB HDD, mounted externally. I'd already successfully divided it into 2 virtual drives. Today, I tried to take 100 GB from Drive F and create a new drive, I. After about an hour in, I got error messages saying that various sectors couldn't be read. Then the screen froze and nothing worked -- not the keyboard or mouse, etc. Had to power down. It rebooted fine (whew!), and virtual drives F and G on the external HDDe show up as healthy, but with 100 GB shown as "unallocated" (and unnamed.) The only thing I can think of that could have caused a problem is that last week I created -- and then deleted -- a backup version of my OS on this drive. A folder called "BOOTWIZ" remains on the drive. Could that be causing the problem? Any ideas on how to safely reclaim that 100 GB? I'm attaching the event reports XP generated if that helps. Thanks!!