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Old 16th July, 2002, 01:31 AM
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FDISK & FORMAT New HDD?

I have a new Maxtor 7200 40 gig HDD (OEM) on its way. Do I need to FDISK and Format it, or do they come ready to load OS (XP Home)? Thanks
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Old 16th July, 2002, 01:40 AM
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may have to format it, but it should be ready outa the box.
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I always Fdisk and format. Besides you may want to break it up a little to help with format, scandisk speed and general performance. It takes longer to look for a file on a huge drive.
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New disks usually ship as one unformatted partition. You only need to FDisk it if you plan to have multiple partitions. You will have to format though regardless of the number of partitions. To install the OS, you boot off CD. You may need to change your BIOS boot order in order to do so. Once you boot from the CD, just follow the step by step instructions. One of them will be an option to partition and format the disk. Select the size you want then format it.
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I would recommend partitioning it into a 5 gig or so OS partition, and a 35gig partition for everything else. Thatway if you ever need to reinstall windows you can backup stuff on the 35gig and format the 5gig.
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