Help With Formatting a New Hard Drive

Do you need help formatting a new hard drive? If you are thinking about purchasing a new computer, chances are the hard drive is already formatted, or you can choose to have the store install the necessary programs to get it up and running. But there are some scenarios where you may have to format the hard drive yourself.

When To Format A Hard Drive
Anyone looking to save a few bucks by purchasing a used PC or building his own computer will most likely have to format the hard drive before it will run. Formatting a hard drive can also be used to eliminate any problems on a computer, such as malicious viruses. However, this should be used as a last resort since the process will wipe out your files.

Before You Format A Hard Drive
You will lose any and all hard drive information during the formatting process. It's always a good idea to back up any important files before formatting.

Launching The Formatting Process
This article will explain what to do to format a hard drive running Windows XP, Vista and 7. The process is virtually the same for all three. The first step is to click on the Start menu. Right-click either the Computer or My Computer tab. From the drop down menu that appears, select "Manage." A window should pop up. On the left panel there should be a menu. Select "Storage," and then click "Disk Management." It should now display the current drives on your computer. Select the drive you want to format. Your hard drive will most likely be listed as "C:\." Right-click on this, and select "Format." Next, you'll be prompted to name the drive. You can call it anything you want. Below the name field, you'll have a choice between NTFS and FAT32. Choose NTFS for an internal hard drive. Leave the next field as default, and do not check the box for file compression. Once all the fields have been filled in, click "Ok."

The formatting process will vary depending on the size of your hard drive storage. So just let the computer work for a while, and check back in an hour for your new hard drive.

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