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How to format a hard drive in Windows.

Plug in the external drive to the USB port and turn it on.
Right Click on “My Computer”
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If the following wizard opens

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Right click the windows icon in the lower left corner and go to Computer Management

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Go to Disk Management

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Right click the D drive or similar might have a different letter but probably D

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Choose Format name the drive and hit OK

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Choose - Name

File System - NTFS

Allocation of Unit - Default

Choose Quick Format - hit OK

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For new disks not currently formatted for Windows you can use the Formatting Wizzard

Click on cancel. If the disk says Not Initialized then right click on the drive and initialize it by clicking on Initialize Disk.  Click OK at the next menu to complete the process.

The next step is to format.  Right click the drive in the stripped area and click New Partition

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Click Next at the Convert Disk Wizard

7. Select the Primary partition and click Next

8.  Specify Partition Size to the default which is the capacity of the drive and click Next

9. Assign a drive letter or choose the default then click Next 10. 

Select Format the partition with the following settings



Make sure that Perform a quick format is unchecked then click Next.
11. Click Finish to start the formatting process.  Process will take @ 1.25 hours for 200 gigs (for example)