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Quick question about setting up an old internal HD as a new external storage drive

 
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Apr 02, 2013 10:20 |  #1

So last week my laptop fried (sparks popped, black smoke came out the vents .... very bad stunk the house up for a few days). Anyways I pulled the HD and picked up an external docking bay. Last night I pulled everything off the drive I wanted and backed it all up onto other computers.

Now I want to erase that drive down to nothing and use it as a storage drive only for my desktop (still mounted to the external bay).

Can I just reformate it, whats the best way to go about this? Using windows 8 on my desktop. I have a few older laptops and desktops just collecting dust, now that I have this pay I am thinking I will pull the HD's and reformate them all.




  
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Apr 02, 2013 10:23 |  #2

I would do a low level format on it just to be sure there are no bad sectors after all the time in the laptop.


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Apr 02, 2013 10:26 |  #3

Jim K wrote in post #15782617 (external link)
I would do a low level format on it just to be sure there are no bad sectors after all the time in the laptop.

Thank you for that, after formating theres nothing more to do, it will just be a blank drive ready to go?




  
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Apr 02, 2013 14:47 |  #4

Modern drives cannot be low level formatted outside of the factory.

Simply right click on the drive in File Explorer, and choose format. Don't quick format it so that it will read each sector while formatting which may detect latent bad sectors.




  
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Apr 02, 2013 14:56 |  #5

mike_d wrote in post #15783584 (external link)
Modern drives cannot be low level formatted outside of the factory.

Simply right click on the drive in File Explorer, and choose format. Don't quick format it so that it will read each sector while formatting which may detect latent bad sectors.

Thank you I was finding it hard to get info on low level formating. Will run the formating tonight :)




  
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Apr 02, 2013 15:02 |  #6

Personally, I would use administrative tools to obliterate the current primary partition and replace it with an extended partition, with a logical drive letter.

I'd walk you through it, but I've never laid eyes on Windows 8



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Apr 02, 2013 15:19 |  #7

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #15783666 (external link)
Personally, I would use administrative tools to obliterate the current primary partition and replace it with an extended partition, with a logical drive letter.

I'd walk you through it, but I've never laid eyes on Windows 8

You are a very lucky guy for never seeing Windows 8 lol. I will do a little more reading. From what I can tell it should be the same as 7 or vista.




  
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Apr 02, 2013 20:07 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #15783764 (external link)
You are a very lucky guy for never seeing Windows 8 lol. I will do a little more reading. From what I can tell it should be the same as 7 or vista.

Yeah partition management and formatting is exactly the same, once you find the console.




  
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Apr 03, 2013 05:40 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #9

I think Windows 8 belongs on tablet/mobile touchscreen devices, My 14 year old loves it on his Laptop but I can't see it making it into the offices, at least that of the larger kind.


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Apr 03, 2013 07:24 as a reply to  @ *Jayrou's post |  #10

Well got it all formatted overnight .... took forever :)

Thank you guys for your help.




  
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