Some questions on formating

Yesterday I put in my PC a new 1TB Seagate HDD. I want to format it in my current system, because in a week I will have allparts for my new one and will build it. My both HDDs will be moved to the new system.

I have formatted only under DOS is the past, so I am new to formatting with the tools in Windows.
Here it is what happened: I installed the hard, and then formated it to dynamic, then allocated the free space to 1 simple volume(the whole HDD). Then I noticed that my previous HDD(which was partitioned before from a friend) has 1 primary partition and 3 Logical Drives, while the newly created by me was "Simple Volume". Should I do something to make it a Logical Drive, or I can leave it as a "Simple Volume". I've read a lot about this in the net, but honestly I cannot decide yet. Please, give me some idea and explain.


Thank you:)
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  1. Since you're moving everything to a new system anyway, make the 1TB Seagate a data drive, and put ALL files you can't replace on it. With the other drive, make that your OS drive and wipe it when you build the new system sicne it's way easier to do a clean install of any OS when you switch motherboard's.

    EDIT: Don't even THINK of using Command Prompt to format a TB HDD! If anything, download Gparted and use that to format. It takes less than 5 minutes to format a 500GB HDD.

    Link - http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=115843&package_id=271779
  2. OK, I will do this, but if I do it a data disc - what is the difference with a basic disc and which systems cah read it then? Moreover - will I be able to use it to start applications from it and so on(I suppose there is no such limitation, bubt asking just in case)?
  3. Here's how my two hard drive are setup:

    Hard Drive #1: OS'es and Programs
    #2: Data

    The first hard drive is filled with stuff I can afford to lose such as Windows, programs, basically stuff I can replace with ease. The second hard drive is filled with stuff I can't replace with ease, such as 10 years worth of journals and such.
  4. OK, but what type of HDD should it be? Basic or Dynamic?
  5. Since I've used only Gparted for the last year, it's either Primary or Logical. Since I only have 3 partitions within Windows, I set everything to Primary. I know XP can handle 4 Primary with no issues. So, I guess go with Basic.
  6. OK, formatted it using Partition Magic 8(and first converted it to Basic type from Computer Management). Now I have a Logical Drive with size 931GB. Haven't I lost too much on the file system?
  7. Morrowind said:
    OK, formatted it using Partition Magic 8(and first converted it to Basic type from Computer Management). Now I have a Logical Drive with size 931GB. Haven't I lost too much on the file system?


    The only thing you have lost is to marketing. Drive manufacturers sell 1,000,000,000,000Bytes as 1 TB instead of 1,099,511,627,776Bytes which is a true 1GB.

    One Kilobyte = 1024Bytes
    One Megabyte = 1024Kb = 1,048,576Bytes
    One Gigabyte = 1024Mb = 1,073,741,824Bytes
    One Terabyte = 1024Gb = 1,099,511,627,776Bytes

    The dividing 1,000,000,000,000 by 1024 then 1024 then 1024 you get 931GB.

    UD.
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