Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by DEF, Mar 3, 2007.
it's 500gb, do i have to format it or can i just skip it? this is gonna take forever
You want to keep the OS install you have now?
Sure you can (or should be able to) do that easily
Maxtor and Seagate and I'm sure WesternDigital all include a CD with their retail version of their HDDs
It'll format the drive, and if you tell it that's a "new boot drive" it'll copy everything from the Primary Master to the that new drive.
Now from personal experience 1 of 2 things will happen when it's done and you go to boot from the new drive.
1. I'll boot just fine and no issues...not including programs like Photoshop bitching about a hardware change and you have to reactivate.
2. You'll get a BSoD. The fix for this running chkdsk on that drive. I did it using a copy of BartPE that I booted from and it includes chkdsk.
I would think that if you boot from the current C that you have, then once in Windows had it do chkdsk on that new drive it would work, but I'm not 100% how well that will go.
Once the chkdsk is done and fixed what is wrong, then you're back to #1's issues if any.
i got my OS installed on another drive, this is just a drive for storage
If it's just for storage, then you only need to plug it in and: >
Start > right click my computer > manage > On the left side,
double click "disk management" >
That will open up a wizard that will prompt you to getting the drive added
as a backup. You can select quick format, and it will only take a minute.
use the quick format in ntfs...shouldn't take longer than 2 minutes
now i'm trying to use partition magic and it won't partition says it's a dynamic disc wtf!
its a sata hd if that matters
Does it really help to partition a backup drive?
If you're just gonna add this drive as storage, then use Disk Management to format it.
Format = checks each sector for errors and writes partition table.
Quick Format = skips sector check and writes table.
Do a quick format, it'll be very quick.
If it's the first time you've used the drive, you should full-format it just to make sure the empty disk "looks" the way Windows expects it to. Yeah, it'll take a couple of hours, but...how much time have you wasted trying to avoid it? Just get it over with.
lol. Windows made it a dymanic disk. That would only be useful if it were part of a software-based array. Use Disk Management to convert it back to a simple disk.