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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   M. Dowler  
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Confirming the Installation of a Hard Drive

With the drive connected, it is time to confirm that the physical installation was done correctly. There are a couple different ways to go about this, depending primarily on the operating system and age of your PC.

With the new hard drive installed, reboot the computer and watch the POST screen (the first screen you see upon restarting your computer) for your new drive's model to flash up. If you installed a SATA drive, it may appear on a different screen during the boot process also. If you see your drive listed in the POST screen, we can move forward.

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If the hard drive is not listed, and the computer has the Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating system, boot up the computer and right click on 'my computer', choose 'manage.' In the management window, click on 'disk management' and check in the lower pane of the disk management window to see if the new drive is detected. If it is the second hard drive in your computer, it will be listed as 'disk 1,' if it is the third, 'disk 2' etc. It should appear as unallocated space.

If you do not have WindowsXP/2000 installed and need to confirm that your new drive has been installed correctly: Reboot the computer and press the DEL key at the POST screen to enter BIOS configuration.

Depending on your motherboard, either go to 'basic CMOS setup' or 'auto-detect IDE devices' if this option is available. With either option, your new drive should be visible in the position you installed it (i.e. Primary master/slave, secondary master/slave).

If your drive is present and shows the correct amount of space (I.E. ~80GB for an 80GB drive, etc.) you've installed it correctly and we can move forward. If you still can't confirm the installation of your drive, see the troubleshooting section on the very last page of this PCstats Guide. Next through, we tackle partitioning and formatting, which you'll need to do before the drive is ready to store and read data.

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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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