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How do I format new Hard Drive in XP?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NeoBix, Jan 14, 2008.

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  1. NeoBix

    NeoBix Thread Starter

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    Hey guys,

    I need help here. I've installed a new hard drive in my brother's computer and I forgot how to format/partition it in Windows XP. I've been walked through this before but for some reason I completely forgot what I have to do to format it. If anyone can give me a hand with this I would appreciate it very much. Thanks in advance guys!
     
  2. calvin-c

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    Right-click My Computer, select Manage. Select Disk Management. You should see the new HD. Right-click it & choose Partition or Format, depending on which you need to do.
     
  3. NeoBix

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    thanks a lot calvin-c. I forgot... what does partitioning do exactly? Under what circumstances would I need to partition a drive?
     
  4. Noyb

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    To set aside space (a partition) to place all your Stored Data .. So it doesn't fill up you C: operating system
    You'll probably need 3rd party Partitioning software to do this.
    Can use a Second HD, a Second partition .. or Both
     

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  5. jazz3000

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    If it's a clean install you want to go to bios and make sure your boot sequence is cd - hd - floppy. Then boot up in the xp and when you push F8 to agree you will see the "set up a partition" and then "do you want xp to format". Apply the appropriate letter for what you want to do and you should be on your way. Not sure if this is what your asking and I apologize if I am misunderstanding? Jazz
     
  6. NeoBix

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    Cool thanks a lot guys. I got it now. If I have any more questions I'll let you know.

    And yes Jazz that info did help me. :p
     
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    No real need for 3rd party partitioning tools for this-although I don't discourage them. The real reason for partitioning your drive is to prepare it for formatting! You can divide a drive up when you partition it, or you can create a single partition for the entire drive-but you do need a partition. (I think of it like dividing a house into rooms. Even if you decide not to divide it you've still got to have at least one room for the house to be usable.)
     
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