Format C Drivein external enclosure

  molar 16:56 20 Oct 2007

I have a C Drive (Windows XP Home) that I am taking out of a redundant desktop and I want to use it as a storage disk in an external enclosure - USB2 connection,
Can I put it in the enclosure, connect and then format in Windows XP or must I do something to it first?

  crosstrainer 16:58 20 Oct 2007

As your BIOs is not set to boot from usb devices (you can check this by pressing DEL on boot up,some machines use a different key F2 sometimes) If this is disabled, you can plug the drive in AFTER you have booted to XP and then format using the NTFS file system.

  Diemmess 17:01 20 Oct 2007

If you put the redundant HD into the case and plug that into another computer using the USB connection, you can format/wipe it and use it just like that.

  Smiler 18:19 20 Oct 2007


  DieSse 19:51 20 Oct 2007

Yes - Just use Disk Management.

Settings - Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management.

You can remove partitions, add partitions and format

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