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2nd hard drive with files on it

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  1. gibetowngirl

    gibetowngirl Thread Starter

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    I just installed a second hard drive (for storage only). I am attempting to partition the drive, but it appears there are files on the drive already. These files are ones that appear to already be on the primary (master) driver. My question is how did they already get onto the new drive, and is it ok to go ahead and partition it even though the partitioning will delete these files

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  2. Hughv

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    Are you sure you have the correct drive? It's easy to get confused.
    If you're sure, go ahead, as you already have these files. As to how they got there, I'd assume you made an error of some kind.

    Why partition this drive? If it's just for storage, there may be no advantage.
     
  3. arknorth

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    Also, where did this drive come from? Is it new or used?

    A-N
     
  4. gibetowngirl

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    I'm sure its the correct drive-it is designated as "F" and when I look at the properties, it is indeed the drive I installed. I followed the instructions as described in the owners manual-except I forgot to plug in the power cord. So the computer did run for a few hours without the power cord plugged in-it took me a while to figure out a power supply was needed (DUH). This was a new drive I purchased from Best Buy-its a Western Digital 160GB. The software I purchased prompts me to partition, so I figured thats what I needed to do. If I don't need to partition, I assume I can go ahead and throw my music files into the "F" drive and everything will be ok.

    BTW, I am very reluctant to partition the drive as there is a WINDOWS folder on the new drive. I don't want that folder deleted and I don't want to move it to my "C" drive because I'm afraid it will create problems.

    Thanks for your help
     
  5. Rich-M

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    There is no need to partition unless you want to. I never partition drives personally regardless of how big they are.
     
  6. arknorth

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    And also remember to set BOTH HDs to CS on the jumpers, and check the BIOS to see if the motherboard is seeing them properly.

    A-N
     
  7. Hughv

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    I'll bet this drive was returned by someone who used it at least briefly to install windows, and that's where the folder came from.
    The jumpers seem to be fine the way they are, so don't mess with them.
     
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