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formatting hard drives

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.

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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.

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it shows up in my computer if you double click my computer icon, if so right click on the new h/d and chose format

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Right click on My Computer. One of the choices there

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is 'Manage'. One of the options in 'Manage' is 'storage' -> 'disk management (local)'. You will then see all your drives. This section allows you to partition and format your drive.

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1. The article [Q303013] describes the Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) support for ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) disk drives that can enable the capacity of your hard disk to exceed the current 137 gigabyte (GB) limit.

2. The article [Q263044] explains that when using the default Windows XP file Fdisk.exe to partition a hard disk that is larger than 64 GB (64 gigabytes, or 68,719,476,736 bytes) in size, Fdisk does not report the correct size of the hard disk. The size reported is the full size of the hard disk minus 64 GB. For example, if the physical drive is 70.3 GB (75,484,122,112 bytes) in size, Fdisk reports the drive as being 6.3 GB (6,764,579,840 bytes) in size. To resolve this problem, download the fix by clicking the download link suggested in this article.

Note: This hotfix is not designed for 48-bit logical block addressing (LBA) hard disks, and it is not supported on hard disks larger than 137 GB.

3. Supplemental reading: "BIOS May Limit Fdisk.exe When Partitioning Hard Disks Larger Than 128 GB (Q327202)."

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