Sunday, September 16, 2007

Installing a new external hard drive

First change the jumper to Master. It is usually set to Cable Select for internal hard drives.

Then for Windows 2000/XP, do the following:
  • Right click on My Computer
  • Choose Manage (This will open the Computer Management window).
  • Go to the Storage category and select Disk Management
  • Right click the new drive (usually listed as Hard Disk 1) and "initialize"
  • You now have the option to partition and format the drive.
  • The default settings of Primary Partition and NTFS- Quick Format are recommended for most users.

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