if you get a new harddrive theres nothing on it why do people bother formatting it? if ur going to install ur os on the new drive just connect it and run the windows disc. i never have issues with bad sectors or drives failing like so many other people. half the reviews on newegg and TD are harddrives people bought and they are formatting there new drive when theres no need to because the drive is already blank. then they say the drive stopped being recognized and died. someone eleborate if i missing something, because i have 4 computers and a total of 15 harddrives, new and old. this is about HDD not SSD btw
I never seen or bought a brand new internal hard drive that was pre-formatted. I've always had to partition and format them. I know all external storage devices come pre-formatted, but I still format them for they come with software I don't need or want.
im not saying they come pre formatedd with an OS on them already... im saying people format them and use the formatting tool when theres nothing on the drive to erase. my question is why do people do that
Because until you format the drive, NO OS will install. The installation CD will not see the drive until you format it to the proper file type - ext4, NTFS, FAT32 etc. This applies to any OS. That's why I always format a new drive.
The drive has to be formatted and partitioned, and set as "active" before you can do anything at all with it, even install the OS. Formatting is not the same as erasing or clearing a drive, it has a different purpose, the by-product of formatting a drive just happens to be that everything is wiped off the drive that was there. (not really, its still there just unreadable and set so it can be over written with new data) The install program does this automatically to default settings of 1 large partition, NTFS 32. It asks you this during the beginning of the install, some people probably just click yes and go right on without really thinking about what the installer is doing right then, like the OP has done apparently.
ok makes sense. however i bought a WD 500gb HDD a few months ago. brand new. and all i did was pop in the windows disc and immediatley started installing the os without formatting it. can you explain? where is the option to format it?
It is incorporated into the beginning of the installation process -- try popping a new drive into your computer as a secondary drive and then try to write some files to it -- well actually you won't even see the drive until you go into disk management -- then you will see the initialization and formatting process happen before you can use it.