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Forced formatting when activating added drive??

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by zapp22, Apr 13, 2010.

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  1. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    I think I mis-assumed something while adding a second, unformatted 500mb drive to Win7 system.
    Under XP, you could choose to not format the drive, but still activate it. Since I'm cloning, I don't really need to format at the initialization. So, the default checkbox was "quick", so I naturally UNChecked it, meaning "don't format".
    aarrrgggghh...

    was there something I missed? some way to leave it unformatted?
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    unchecking quick defaults it to the long format. : -0

    W7 most likely initialized the drive when it booted up.

    To skip format, next time you have a new disk, just check the status of the drive in disk management, if it does Not show "Not Initialized" then you are good to go, just create the partition then close disk management when that is done.

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  3. zapp22

    zapp22 Thread Starter

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    makes sense.

    may I ask another question? the point of this was to clone a smallish drive, Windows 7, onto a big one.
    So, I've used Driveimage XML with great results on Win XP drives, but I'm getting an error here: "Could not lock destination Drive" which would be the newly formatted big drive.
    I assume its not safe to proceed.

    any tips?
     
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