You should be able to partition and format it from there. Click on the Start Button and right click on Computer and select Manage. Expand the Storage section and select Disk Management.
To create the new partition, the link below should help:
Once the partition is created, it can be formatted and used for file storage.
Hope this helps.
I purchased 2 hard drives out of a dvr system. When I hooked them up, my computer didn't show them. I've got a Dell inspiron with vista athlon 64 dual core in case that matters. I want to format them for use as storage, any advise? The drives are western digital caviar se 500gb SATA drives.