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Installing Win 10 on a bare drive

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#1 musicbits


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Posted 06 March 2016 - 01:46 PM

What does Windows do by default for formatting a bare drive?


Instead of selecting "format" during installation I clicked install windows, assuming it would select a default format option and crank away for a while doing a format, but it jumped right to copying files.

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Posted 06 March 2016 - 02:28 PM

it formats the drive for what it needs  it self you do not need to format a drive if it is blank it will do it for you.

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 08:25 PM

 Remember that Quick format doesn't take very long at all, it seems like it's less than a minute.


 Good luck.

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Posted 08 March 2016 - 06:30 AM

There are several different things that happen during an installation.
If the drive is truly blank, Windows will initialize the disk, create partitions, and format those partitions (different file systems are required on different partitions).

If the disk is already properly setup, then it may not have to do anything.


Also, some of the work can be done behind the scenes - so it's not visible to you.


In most cases, the OS partition is formatted for the NTFS file system.

If it's already formatted that way, or if it's a Quick Format, you won't notice anything being done.

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