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Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive

Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive - PCSTATS
Abstract: Installing a hard drive for the first time? Need to partition a current drive into smaller disks? You can do it, and we can show you how.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jan 22 2008   Mike Dowler  
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FDISK Commands continued

Inside FDISK the first thing we need to do is accept the default (y) support for large drives. Upon running FDISK, you will be presented with the following screen:

Select (5) to view a list of all drives available on the system, then select the new hard drive. Press (4) to view partition information on the drive. It should be completely blank. If not, ensure that you did select the correct drive in the previous step.

Select (1) to create a partition, then on the next screen choose (1) to create a primary (first) partition on that drive.

Select (y) if you wish to use all the space on the drive for this one partition, or (n) if you wish to make more than one partition on the drive now or later. If you selected (n), enter the amount of space you wish to use for the primary partition.

If you selected (y) to the above option, exit FDISK and reboot your computer to Windows, then skip down to the formatting section below.

If you selected (n) and did not use the full amount of space for your first partition, you must now make a secondary (extended) partition using the rest of the free space.

Press (1) to create another partition, then (2) to create an extended DOS partition. Note that while it gives you the option to use less than the full amount of space on the disk here, any space which is not allocated now can no longer be used by FDISK unless you erase the existing partitions and start again. So accept the default (maximum available) size for the extended partition, then press 'ESC.' This will take you to the menu for creating logical drives (volumes) in the extended partition you just made.

To create a logical drive (that is a drive visible to Windows and represented with a drive letter such as C: or D:), simply fill in the amount of space you require the drive to have. If you do not use all the available space, FDISK will prompt you to create a second logical drive, and so on, until all the space in the extended DOS partition you created previously has been accounted for. FDISK will assign drive letters sequentially from the first available. There is no way to alter this in Windows 9x/ME.

Press ESC to exit FDISK and reboot to the Windows environment.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
 Pg 2.  SATA and IDE Hard Drives
 Pg 3.  Physically Installing an IDE Hard Drive
 Pg 4.  Preparing an IDE Hard Drive For Installation
 Pg 5.  Physical Installation of a IDE Hard Drive
 Pg 6.  Physically Installing a Serial ATA Hard Drive
 Pg 7.  Physical Installation of the SATA Hard Drive
 Pg 8.  Confirming the Installation of a Hard Drive
 Pg 9.  Partitioning and Formatting a Second drive in Windows 2000/XP
 Pg 10.  Partitioning and formatting for the Installation of Windows 2000/XP
 Pg 11.  Partitioning and formatting a Second Drive in Windows 9x/ME
 Pg 12.  — FDISK Commands continued
 Pg 13.  Partitioning and Formatting a hard drive for Win9x/ME Installation
 Pg 14.  Troubleshooting hard drive installation

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