i recommend using the format that comes with XP Home, it seems to have worked fine for me. Do a Help on "Partition" in XP help topics search. It explains that "diskpart" is the way to do what the "fdisk" command did before.
Ive done this a million times, but now Im stumped. Im running XP home. I just installed a 200GB Seagate on my secondary channel. Both IDE connections on the primary channel are already populated with hard drives. When I go to Device manager, the new drive shows up. When I go to disk management it shows up as un-initialized. I know I have to format this puppy, but I cant figure out how. F-disk doesnt appear to be a valid command in XP when I drop to the cmd prompt. And since I cant seem to be able to highlight this drive I cant format it under XP. Id rather not use the software that came with the drive if I can help it. Ive heard too many horror stories about people not getting their machine to boot after using the hard drive software that comes with the drive. Im sure the old fashioned way of letting the OS do the work must be the best. Or not? Let me know, Please.