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Hard drive formatting

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tense, Nov 2, 2003.

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  1. Tense

    Tense Thread Starter

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    I have two hard drives on my PC. The newest, a 120Gb SATA and my old hard drive a 19Gb. I would like to format my old hdd. Can I use the command by right clicking the hdd then follow the steps or is there more to it? Once formatted can I use it without installing an operating system? I want to store the photos from my digital camera on it. I do not want to touch the SATA hdd.
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Need more information. Does the 20-Gig drive contain boot files or the operating system folder, either one? If it does, I would not attempt to format it at all until I had the 120- set up to run independently and alone. Then you can do as you like with the 20-.
     
  3. mobo

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    You can go to disk management in xp or w2k , right click on the drive and select format. This will give the option to format as ntfs. Do so and you will be able to store any data you wish to it.
     
  4. Tense

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    Alex,
    The 20Gb is the hdd from my old PC so it probably has boot files or the old operating system folder on it. The 120Gb SATA is the main one I use now and is run independantly of the other.
     
  5. Tense

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    Thanks Mobo,
    That confirms what I thought I could do.
    Tense
     
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