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  1. okeee

    okeee Thread Starter

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    about HD (WD 750 GB caviar green)
    I just bought this new from a store. Should I format it before use? I also want to make a partition on it, what would be the best way (win xp is already installed on another hard drive)? And should I format again after partitioning?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    If you want to use the drive, you must partition and format. Do the following;
    1 Shutdown the system and open the case
    2 Determine where you are going to install the drive and do so. Connect sata and pw connectors
    3 PW ON the system and let windows boot.
    4 Go to disk management Start>run and type in "diskmgmt.msc" without quotes and hit enter
    5 Your new drive should be listed and shown as unallocated. Right click on the unallocated space and choose to create partition. Accept the defaults unless you want more than one partition on the drive. Once done with that, again right click on the partitioned space and choose to format. Since this is a new drive, you can select quick format if you want. It will save a lot of time however a quick format does not check the drive so it is up to you.

    When you are done, you can restart your system and the drive will be given the next available drive letter.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    BTW I assume you have checked and your system/mb does in fact support a large drive.
     
  4. okeee

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    Well no, I haven't read anything about it in the manual. I didn't know some motherboards don't support large hard drives.
    But the components are quite new: Intel core 2 duo e8400, Corsair XMS2 - 4 GB ( 2 x 2 GB ) - DIMM 240-pins - DDR2 -
    1066 MHz / PC2-8500 - CL5 - 2.1 V, win xp.
     
  5. crjdriver

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    That should be no problem.
     
  6. okeee

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    This is the motherboard: asus p5q-e
     
  7. crjdriver

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    No problem. You have 8 sata connectors so you have plenty of places to connect your new drive.
     
  8. okeee

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    In disk management, there are some options that I don't know. For creating a partition, what should be the cluster size? And should file and folder compression be enabled?
     
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    Just accept the defaults; leave the cluster size to whatever it is now and do not enable compression.
     
  10. okeee

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    what do these 2 mean?
     
  11. crjdriver

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    They mean exactly what they say;
    Cluster size is the size of the clusters on the disk; usually 4kb. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314878
    Compression is again just what it says; to allow compression of the file system.

    Again just accept the defaults.
     
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