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Do I need to format this drive?

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February 20, 2011 3:09:13 PM

Hey guys,

I just bought a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB internal HDD and a IDE/Sata to USB adapter.

I am planning (at least short term) to use this HDD as I would use an external HDD to store HD vids/pics.

Do I need to, or should I format this Samsung drive and if so, how?


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February 20, 2011 5:45:41 PM

So there's nothing at all on your F3? And you want to install an OS? Am I right?
February 20, 2011 5:48:57 PM

There's nothing at all on the F3, but I don't really need or want to install an OS. I'll be using it (for now) just to store HD vids/pics.
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February 20, 2011 5:55:37 PM

Just perform a quick-format. Set it in the BIOS not to be boot drive if you can.
a c 143 G Storage
February 20, 2011 7:24:48 PM


This is the recommended course of action you need to take for your new HDD.

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a c 105 G Storage
February 20, 2011 7:37:11 PM

Install the drive in the machine.


Right Click in MY Computer, Manage, Disk manager

Format the drive.

If you truly want to use it as an external, these are great, have 4 of em.
February 27, 2011 4:22:44 PM

Best answer selected by TopGun.