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    Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    I am going to install a second hard drive in my system. What is the best way to format the hard drive? I want to use NTFS.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Best way? All just means to an end....install it, let Windows find it (and probably want to reboot) and then format it from Windows Explorer.
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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    By "format from Windows Explorer" do you mean simply right click on the new drive and choose FORMAT?

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Yep! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    The hard drive I installed as the 2nd HD is a SEAGATE and when I right click on it and select FORMAT, it says that it can not format this disk. I think it needs to be formatted using Seagate's DiscWizard. It is already formatted in the FAT32 format. Has a few files on it. Would it be OK if I delete the files and simply leave it as FAT32. Or should I convert it to NTFS using the appropriate convert commands? I have some other HDs - would it be better to use one that I can format from within the system?

    The system I am using it on is a WIN XP PRO using NTFS on the primary hard drive.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Mark--

    Can you straighten me out on this because I thought that when Trevor installs his XP Pro on that new Seagate, XP will format automatically and of course he has the option to select NTFS and set up whatever partitions he wants?

    From the second link below:

    "4) Go on formating the disk using the kind of file system you want.
    That's the key point here. XP formats the disk using their own way, so everything is XP, and no win 2000 or other OS is in the way. And it now has deleted, created and formated the partition for XP, by XP. And is ready to go."


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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Try using Disk Management to delete all partitions from the drive, create a new partition to fill the space and then format it.
    You can get to Disk Management by right clicking on My Computer, choosing Manage, and then selecting Disk Management in the left hand pane
    To manage the partitions on a disk drive you right click on them in the right hand pane.

    One possible issue you may find is that Windows XP cannot format a FAT32 partition bigger than 32GBytes (although it can mount and use a larger drive formatted by Windows 98). See this technet article for more information.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    He says the drive is already FAT32. I've never done this before, but couldn't he open a CMD prompt and do: <big>convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs</big>?

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    I would only do this if the current data on the drive is needed

    If you want to create a new NTFS disk with no contents then I think it is more reliable to wipe the partition and start again.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Actually the second HD is going to be simply for data backup. The number one HD is a 40 GB and I have XP PRO installed on the C partition there.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    If you have PartitionMagic, I would use that to format the second drive. I've found that it doesn't "lose" as much space to the format process. A 40 GB HD can be formatted to 39-40 GB with PM but only about 32-33 GB when using Windows format utility. I would also leave the second drive as a FAT32 file system. From what I've read, it is a more efficient system for data storage and access. As long as you're not putting an OS on it and are simply using it for storage and/or backups, it shouldn't cause a problem with the primary drive and may even make your seek and access times a bit faster.
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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Hi Stuart,

    Followed your suggestion to use DISK MANAGEMENT and everything went well. I think the reason it was "balking" was that I had a OS installed on the HD. I had to "force" it to delete the partition but then everything worked smoothly. It is a 20 GB HD so no problem on the size issue. It is now formatted as NTFS and working just fine.

    Thanks to all for the information.

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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    Further to Stuart's remarks, converting a drive generally results in a mess of a file system. Because of the way NTFS is architectured, it's not uncommon to wind up with the MFT in fragments, which impacts performance. These days, of course, you can use a third party tool to defragment this at boot time, but avoiding it altogether would seem the best alternative (unless you like the extra work!).
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    Re: Format 2nd hard drive (WIN XP PRO)

    XP will not automatically format any disk. The option is presented in the text phase of setup when installing the OS, but you still need to select the option to do so, and choose the file system at that time. The partitioning tools are also limited, but they do work, and provide all the functionality that most people would need.
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