I was at the website for Seagate and came across these instructions on their Solution Center...
Formatting your drive for Windows XP
STEP 1: Open Disk Management like this:
Right-click on the My Computer icon.
In the pane on the left, under Storage, click Disk Management.
STEP 2: Right-click on the drive you want to format. Be sure it’s the correct drive.
STEP 3: If you want, you can type a name for the drive in the Volume Label box. This is an optional step.
STEP 4: Click the file system that you want to use in the File System box. You can also change the disk allocation unit size, specify whether you want to perform a quick format, or enable file and folder compression on NTFS volumes.
Note: Before changing the default allocation unit size please refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 314878.
STEP 5: Click OK. When you’re prompted to format the drive, click OK again.
Pretty simple it seems.
So, my question is this...do these instructions provide the kind of comprehensive, all encompassing, reformat that so many people seem to be looking for prior to an OS installation, or is their a better way, or more thorough way to do it?