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How can I partition and format the hd? Without using disk management, as it causes the slave drive to be dependent on the boot drive.
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Do you have your Windows CD? If so, change the boor order and boot from the CD. You can use it to partition the disk.

If not, create a bootable floppy from Bootdisk and use the fdisk command.
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I have win xp cd, but if you press the format option, win xp will also install win xp on that partition. I just want a partition to be formatted.

When changing the boot order to SATA hd, the pc won't start up from CD.

Edited by okeee, 16 June 2006 - 03:22 AM.

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Windows doesn't necessarily install the OS using the CD. Once it's formatted the partition, don't let it load the setup files. Read this for more info.
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I already tried that, and when formatting was done, immediately win xp install begun.
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Can we go back a bit? What do you mean when you say using Disk Management causes the slave drive to be dependent on the boot drive?
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When using disk management from the master hd, and then formatting a slave hd will make this slave hd dependent on the master hd. So how do I format without using disk management?
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I still don't get what you mean by it being dependent. Formatting it in Disk Management will create a clean formatted drive that shows up seperately in My Computer. You then decide what you want on there.

You can take it out of the machine anytime you like and it won't effect the running of the OS, as long as you move the jumper settings.
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The slave wont be depandant on the other drive beyond the fact that it is required to have an OS to read the drive, if you want the slave to have its own OS you will need to buy and install windows on the slave or load linux on it. But the Slave drive will be a slave its dependant on an OS to access it that will happen no matter how you format it.

If the drive is formatted in disk managment it would still for example be accesible by another OS on your system.
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Yes, that could be. But I prefer not to use it...... So how could I format a partition without using disk management?
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A formatting utility, drive manufacturers make them or you could get a linux live cd and do it, but all those are harder than using disk management.
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A formatting utility, drive manufacturers make them or you could get a linux live cd and do it, but all those are harder than using disk management.
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