nobs 15:11 20 Oct 2004


have purchased a new 250gb ide hard drive. i need to format it so that Win XP sp2 can see it. it will be installed in a USB external case. i am currently running XP3200+ 1GB DDR PC3200 & 2 SATA 120Gb hard disk.
i believe you uses fdisk ??? if so how
my friend normally does this for me, however he is in america for 2 weeks.


  Caså 15:19 20 Oct 2004

When connected,go to disk manager (right clk my comp) & partition & format from there.Much easier than fdisk.

  nobs 15:22 20 Oct 2004


it is connected now but Xp cant see it & disk manager is not an option when right clk on my comp???

am i missing something


  JonnyTub 15:25 20 Oct 2004

try changing your jumper setting to cable select

  JonnyTub 15:27 20 Oct 2004

also you need to create DOS partition on the hard drive by run "FDISK", after run "FDISK", it will show as a new drive (as "drive:letter:") in "My computer". After "FDISK" you need to "Format" the new drive that newly appears in "My Computer", then the USB hard drive will be fully functional.

  nobs 15:30 20 Oct 2004

how do you get to fdisk in winxp?? from there i think i will be ok

if i remember win 98 was reboot to command prompt and fdisk


  Diodorus Siculus 15:30 20 Oct 2004

There can be problems using fdisk on XP machines; as suggested, try diskmanagement

when you right click on "my computer" you may see "manage" - clicking on that should give the option for disk management.

  Caså 15:31 20 Oct 2004

Not sure I follow you.Have you ...Right clk my computer....clk on manage... disk manager.Should be there at lower end of box.If not it's not installed yet.

  JonnyTub 15:34 20 Oct 2004

I'm old school when it comes to fdisk and format :-)

  Diodorus Siculus 15:36 20 Oct 2004

JonnyTub - me too and I usually point people to click here

But with XP it seems that there is a better way...

  nobs 15:41 20 Oct 2004


will try this later

will let oyou know the outcome

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