Thursday, April 16, 2009

How to Partition and format an extra Hard drive

First, you need to locate the device manager. You will find it by doing the steps listed below:
1. Click on Start
2. Click on Control Panel
3. Click on Administrative Tools
4. Click on computer management

In the left column you will find a set of computer management tools. You will need to click on Disk Management. The disk management lists all of the hard drive on your computer, the Type, File system, Status, capacity and available free space.

You need to locate the drive you wish to format. For example:

Let's use Drive (C:)

Drive C: is usually the main drive of any computer, however you can rename it and change it's path, but I do recommend leaving it at C: as most programs are set to install into that directory and may not work in any other directory.

Fourth, If the hard drive is new and needs to be created as a workable drive you will need right click and choose Partition. Be sure to partition the entire drive!

Once partitioned, right click again and choose "Format" This will format the drive so that all of the partitioned space can be used as a primary drive to add programs onto.

Fifth ,
If this is a drive that is already workable and you just desire to have it reformatted, you can right click on it and choose "reformat", that way the drive is reformatted using the current space on the drive.

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