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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tonysou, Nov 8, 2011.

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  1. tonysou

    tonysou Thread Starter

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    Just bought a new 350 gig seagate or wd hard drive. "Not sure but I can check if needed too" My question is. It will serve as a slave with no os booting. Am I suppose to format this? I thought it was just a plug and play hardware. It sees it in device manager. But not in my computer. Pls help me. Am I doing something wrong here?
     
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    most drives come pre formatted - But if its asking to be formatted and its just a slave for DATA why not do the format - choose NTFS
     
  3. Mark1956

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    Yes it will serve as a slave with no OS installed on it but you do have to format it before it can be used. In Disk Management just right click on it and select "Format" from the list, it will take a while to complete.

    Alternatively you could use this free software to split it into partitions.

    Download Gparted from here and follow these instructions.
     
  4. tonysou

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    As I mention b4. I don't see it coming up on my computer. So I can't rick click something that's not there. But in device management it shows it existing.
     
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    I am referring to Disk Management not My Computer. I need to know what OS you are using to give further instructions, also tell me what the make and model of the PC is and if this is a SATA or IDE drive. Also state what the OS drive is, IDE or SATA.
     
  6. tonysou

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    Ok its a sony pcv-rs 422x. windows 7 32bit. Os drive is Sata.
     
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    Click on Start and then right click on Computer and select Manage.

    A new window opens, in the left hand pane click on Disk Management. Wait a few seconds and the drives on your system should all appear in the main pane.

    Take a screen shot by pressing ALT + Print Screen (Prnt Scrn) on your keyboard, click on Start and accessories and select Paint. Click on the paste button (top left). Save the picture and attach it to your next post.
     
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    ty guys.. i got it by using old trustee Easeus home edition.. My 350hdd after format ends up being only 300? is this correct?
     
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    It's probably correct .. There's a difference in the numbers when Gigabytes and Gigibites units are being used.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabit

    The HDD mfr uses one .. Windows uses the other .. Just to confuse us maybe ???
    I bought 640s .. and widows says I got 596s
     
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    A 350GiB HDD should show as 325.96GB in Windows.

    EDIT : is it a 320GiB HDD ? That would show as 298GB.
     
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