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Formatting new hard drive

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#1 cutter


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Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:38 PM

Evening everyone...This post is a variation of a previous post in the hardware discussion board and I didn't know if it would be helpful to put part of the question here as well. I'll apologize in advance if I am asking too vague, difficult to understand questions or if it is not approriate to seek help in this way. I have a computer built by a friend who cant work on it anymore b/c of a recent move. I currently have a 4 gig hard drive and want to replace it with a 41.1 gig ( 40 gig? ) Hitachi Deskstar 7K80 model #HDS728040PLAT20. I am running Windows XP-Home OPS. Finally, once the new drive is physically in the case and hooked up, how do I go about formatting or partioning the new drive ( Cutter ducks and waits to make sure that no one throws anything at him...waiting...waiting ...) I know BIOS is involved but am not sure how to go about it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again everyone.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 11:55 PM

The Hard Drive that you are installing, is it new? if so, it should have instructions included. If not, then I would go to the manufacturer's website and look them up.

There are factors, such as jumpers and formatting software, that are specific to the exact hard drive model. So, it's kind of hard to generalize...so check with the manufacturer.

Here are a few links to Common Hard Drive Manufacturers:

Western Digital:



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Posted 19 August 2005 - 11:49 AM

That drive ships with the jumpers set as a master by default according to this Hitachi page. Hitachi also offers this Simple Installation Guide v1.3 - English and this Partitioning and Formatting Reference Guide v1.1. The second guide has instructions for 2000 and XP and though the screenshots are of 2000, XP is very similar.

When you first turn on your computer after the drive is installed press Delete to enter the Bios and under the Main or Advanced page check to see that the drive is recognized. If there is a Boot Page in the Bios you can set the machine to boot from the CD Drive there. Press F10 (usually) to save the changes and exit. Your XP disk will do the rest. Just follow the prompts.

Read through those pages and post back if you have any further questions.

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