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New HDD Question

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by watcher, 6 Feb 2006.

  1. watcher

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    Joined: 17 Dec 2005

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    Location: Cyprus

    my bro bought a new HDD (Maxtor 200GB or something) and someone told him you have to format the HDD for its first use on your pc. is that necessary or you can just plug it in install windows and ** done?
    thanks in advance
     
  2. Overlag

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Romford/Hornchurch, Essex

    nope, you have to format first
     
  3. Skilldibop

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,284

    Location: London

    Well not really, as when you go thru windows setup and choose a partition to install on it does the formatting bit as part of the setup.

    If by "Format first" you mean spunge the disk then install windows, no you don't need to, just boot from windows CD and do the setup and select NTFS quick format when prompted.
     
  4. smids

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Dec 2004

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    Location: London/Kent

    Though I always advise a full format for first time installation. This writes over any bad clusters etc and fixes any problems on the disk (which might otherwise go undetected).
     
  5. watcher

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    Location: Cyprus

    ill tell him that. thanks :)