New external HD..help!

  sorefingers 23:55 23 Jul 2004
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I have an external usb enclosure with a new HD..when I attached it via the usb port it went through the usual procedures and accepted it as a usb device, but never asked me for the cd which has the drivers.
Now when I view the properties, it tells me there is no free space (its a new 120gb hdd!).
Reading the piece of paper that came with the external case...it mentions that F word (FDISK) must be carried out if its a new hdd.!!!
Can someone please guide me through this operation.
I have set the hdd jumper to master as instructed in the manual (piece of paper!)
Running XP home 2.6ghz 512mb

Thanks in advance.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 00:10 24 Jul 2004

Right click the drive and select 'format'. You may need to connect it a few times for it to appear.

G

  sorefingers 00:12 24 Jul 2004

Thanks gandalf...what happens with the Fdisking?

  GANDALF <|:-)> 00:15 24 Jul 2004

You do not need to fdisk...or at least you shouldn't if the disk is new. I assume the HD needs no OS and is just used for putting programmes on or storing information so yuo will not need a partition. You'll probably need to reboot a few times as well.

G

  sorefingers 00:18 24 Jul 2004

Thanks...will give it a go.........

  sorefingers 01:59 24 Jul 2004

...had to go to Maxtor website...Format did not appear...all ok now...(I hope!)
Thanks Gandalf!

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