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External hard drive help.


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Ok so I'm not the best when it comes to software issues so I thought I'd ask before I mess up. I just bought a 1.5 Tb HDD, got an ULTRA case for it, put it all together and no problem. My question is do I need to format the the drive? I'm planning on just dumping data onto this drive for two computers that are filled with stuff I'd like to get off them but just can't bring myself to delete, so since I'm using it as a flash drive on steroids do I need to format the HDD?

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If it hasnt asked to format, go right ahead. Its always advised to format any new hard drives
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Most hard drives when purchased are unformatted.
Is the drive recognized in "my computer"?
Rich click on the drive and choose properties and see what it says.
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The new drive is not recognized on my computer, I'll work with it and see if I can find it then I will format it. Thanks.
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It is probably not formatted.

Is it seen in the bios? If so them go to computer manager.

Lets take a look at the drives and partitions.

Go to start
Go to run
Type in compmgmt.msc
Click on OK
On the left side under storage...click on disk management.
Make sure the right side showing the drives is expanded so we can see it all.
Take a screen shot showing the drives and partitions.

Attach it to your reply.
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Go back to computer management and right click on the drive and choose format.
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