Format a New Hard Drive

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Format a new hard drive by right clicking on "My Computer," going to "Manage," choosing "Disk Management Interface" and clicking on "Disk Management" in order to create a "New Simple Volume" for the hard drive. Format the entire hard drive, or create partitions, with instructions from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today, I'm going to show you how to format a new hard drive. Now, I've just connected a new hard drive to my computer, and I want to get in there and format it to where I can use the data. Let's go to our computer, and from the desktop click on your start button. Let's right click on computer, and go to manage. In Vista you have to be an administrator, so I'm going to click continue. Over here on the left we're going to choose under storage the disk management interface, so let's click on disk management, and here as disk one is my new unallocated hard drive. So, I want to format this as an NTFS drive. I'm just going to right click on the top area of it here. I'm going to create a new simple volume. Now, you'll typically, on a new hard drive you might want to use the entire length of it so leave that as the default, but just for demonstration I'm only going to do ten gigabytes by typing in ten thousand here, and click next. I'm going to give it the drive letter of oh, let's say M, and now, here it's going to ask me what I would like to format it as. I have the option of using FAT 32 which means that I'd be able to take this hard drive out of this computer and connect it to a Linux computer or a Macintosh, but I'm just going to leave it as Microsoft's NTFS, and for the volume label I'm going to say my new hard drive. Now, you have the option here also of performing a quick format. I don't recommend that you do that because it will not check the hard drive for problems while it's formatting, so let's just leave that unchecked and say next, and then finish. As you can see, it's created our ten gig partition here. On yours, if you did the entire partition you'd have the whole thing showin' up in blue here. And it is now formatting it, and it's one percent, two percent completed. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to format a new hard drive.

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