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First Time Adding a Drive

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#1 lchageman


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:07 PM

I just finished several upgrades to my computer including addition of a WD 500 GB drive mounted in an external self-powered Azio case that has a fan and on/off, one-touch backup buttons. The case came with its own software, that I haven't installed yet (Backup, Encryption and Power Management), pending further advice.
I would like to know how to format the drive. I found it in the disk manager and initialized it, but don't know where to go from here. It does not have a letter drive assigned to it and the disk space is 465.76 GB unallocated. I want to use it as a backup (thought I should clone my existing drive in case of total failure) but after cloning also want to delete all my big static files/programs off my primary drive and store any future big files on this one (74.4 GB vs. 500 GB!). My primary drive is allocated as follows: 39 MB FAT (EISA Config) and 74.46 GB NTFS (System, which is the C: Drive). I also have a new DVD drive installed and ordered a flash drive that should help with storage of some of the big files on my computer. Should I download a program like XXClone or use the software that came with the case? Thanks for any pointers!!!!!

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#2 Allan


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:17 PM

In Disk Management right-click on it and choose: format.

I'm surprised it didn't arrive pre-formatted.

Edited by Allan, 26 January 2011 - 01:17 PM.

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