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Hey there, I want to format my extra hd, for extra space. Should i format it to FAT, or NTFS? After that do i install an OS on it? Please help me out here!
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UMMMM....ur kidding right? If not, it depends on what OS you want to use if you want to format it in fat32 or in NFTS. The only things that recognize NFTS are windows server, XP, and 2k. Some linux distributions do recognize it, but they are growing every day. NFTS is a very efficient file allocation configuration, however, FAT 32 offers virtual 16 bit mode in which you can run more dos basedprograms at reuced efficiency. then when Vista's filesystem comes out, everything will be fubar and i will have to take a refresher course. Anyway. put in your drive and use the driver disk that came with the HD. There shoudl be some sort of high level formatting utility, in which you can format and partition it in a way that it will interact with your rives in the way you want it to.

I always partition 20 GB for my primary OS so that if it crashes, i don;t lose all my documents, and you usually put your OS on a faster drive. If it helps, lemme know, if not, ask me another question.
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If the extra hard drive is smaller than about 15gb, then use FAT32. If it is larger, you'll want NTFS. That's only if you want it for storage, though.
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yeah all i want for it is storage...I want it kinda for an extention for my origional hd (I pulled this one out of an older computer it is like 8gb). NOW what should i do eh?
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yeah all i want for it is storage...I want it kinda for an extention for my origional hd (I pulled this one out of an older computer it is like 8gb). NOW what should i do eh?
Def format fat32. Run your windows startup disk, and it shoudl have the option of formatting a harddrive, just make sure you don;t format your primary harddrive. A linux distribution will do the same thing, just make sure you don;t instlal the OS on it.
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Wouldn't it be easier to just do it in my computer?
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What do you mean by that? In the OS? I'm not sure of any OS specific tools that llow the formatting of IDE drives. You can take a look and see if the HD is available in your windows explorer and try to format it from there by right clicking--> properties and looking from there, but i wouldn;t reccommend it as it is an extremely high level format and prone to corruption
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Google FDisk. It's a DOS utility that ships with Windows.
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