Formatting a new HD

  hgrock 14:04 19 Mar 2010

hello all, i purchased a new 160GB 2.5 Sata HD, which i hooked up externally via USB in order to format it, using Administrative tools. the drive is displayed in the bottom half of the Administrative tools program but not at the top, and i cannot get the format option, if i right click on the drive at the button the format option is grayed out, some help here would be gratefully appreciated

  SimpleSimon1 14:17 19 Mar 2010

Probably need to Initialise drive, first. This is something that often needs to be done the very first time a brand new unformatted disk is connected to a PC.

it's been a while since I did it but IIRC right-click on the drive in the bottom-half of the screen and there should be an Initialise option. Select this. It should only take a few seconds and then the Format option will become active. Format will take probably take 1-5 hours depending on various factors

Good luck

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