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#1 Trevrev

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:56 AM

Hello all,
I've just made my old PC redundant as it's getting on now.
It has in it an internal 80gb hard drive that i'd like to format, and re-use in a caddy as an external drive for storge.
The problem being, i've never formatted a drive myself. It has XP home on it, if thats any use.
Is there a guide on here that can prompt me through the process at all?

Thanks for any help i get............Trev.

Edited by Trevrev, 19 October 2011 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:43 AM

Scroll down and read the last 5 paragraphs for directions for how to format the external drive.
How to Format a Windows 7 External Hard Drive with NTFS

Here is a link to very useful and inexpensive solution for using an IDE or SATA drive:
Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case)
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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:51 AM

Open Windows Explorer, right-click on the drive - format

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:31 AM

Most all drive makers offer cleaning programs that write 0's to the drive, not much else does as good a job. IMO using an old drive as a back up is not a great idea, it may be toast just when you need it. I clone and replace my drives every three years, some say I am stretching it.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:16 AM

He doesn't say he want to use it for backup. He want to use it for "storage" which is even worse.

I sound like a broken record but all important data should be backed up to a separate physical disk.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:17 AM

It IS a separate, physical disc.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:27 AM

Yes but he's using it for "storage".

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:32 AM

And?

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:36 AM

Which part are you having trouble understanding?

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 10:58 AM

It will be an external drive used for storage. IMO, that's the perfect option. I'm not sure what it is you have an issue with.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:38 AM

The issue is that data should be backed up to a seperate physical disk. What happens when his his drive fails? He loses all his data.

This is my current setup....

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I back up my bleep (except for the OS's since they can be reinstalled in a half hour) up everyday. Everyone should.

How many times do we see a thread here with a computer having problems and the OP crying about not losing his data? Almost always.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:49 AM

I truly don't understand. It IS a separate physical disk. Anyway, I think we need to stop clogging up this thread with our discussion.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:50 AM

Come chaps.........!! Calm down!!
You have serious computer users and you have people like me.
The most important data that's kept on our family PC is Photos and videos.
Thats all i want to store to an external disc.

Edited by Trevrev, 19 October 2011 - 11:50 AM.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Store them on both hard drives that way it's a BACKUP.

I use Beyond Compare folder sync for backing up. It does a great job but it is shareware. It's one program I can't do without.

Microsoft SyncToy will do the job also and it's free. Use the echo function.

I hate backup images. I prefer file for file.

Edited by .X., 19 October 2011 - 11:59 AM.


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Posted 19 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Come chaps.........!! Calm down!!
You have serious computer users and you have people like me.
The most important data that's kept on our family PC is Photos and videos.
Thats all i want to store to an external disc.

Just follow the instructions above to format and then you're fine. Your decision to store / backup your files on this external drive is an excellent one.




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