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Format Hard Drive to Use as Extra Storage


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#1 ncspud

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

I have a 650Gb hard drive that I would like to format so that I can use it as storage.It currently has Vista OS on it now.The mobo for this HDD is toast.What would I need to do to use it as storage in another machine?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 02:04 PM

Assuming you DO NOT want any data from the drive simply get it connected, turn the machine on and access the BIOS (to verify the motherboard has properly identified the HDD and has not inadvertently set it as the boot HDD), once into windows access Disk Management (Rclick computer or my computer\manage\disk management), delete partition on the appropriate HDD--all data on the drive will be gone--then create a new partition on the drive following all the defaults (just click next), the only exception being to check the box for a quick format.

If you want data from the drive just connect it, access the BIOS to make sure it didnt get set as the boot HDD, once into windows the drive will show up in computer or my computer and your data will be accessible. I suggest moving any data you would like to keep off of that drive and format it to remove the vista installation and applications (do not attempt to run programs from this 2nd drive under another installation of windows, at best they wont work, at worst they will corrupt your current windows installation).

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:20 PM

Thanks for the help.Did exactly what I needed to do.




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