Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
Hi, i've just bought an WD hardrive and it was suggested that i format it since i'm running windows XP pro, but i wanted to know why i should do this and what the benefits would be?
My 250GB hard drive is full and I want to erase some files. How do I do that?
Posted on Jan 16, 2009
Hi, In computer terms, formatting a hardrive is the process of preparing/setting the different areas (for read/write) of the harddrive and keeping a list of the addresses. This way the computer would know what data went with what and to where in the HD. Most if not all new HDs are not formatted (prepared) for computer use but are detectable by the PC. Formatting not only makes the HD recognizable, it is now usable. By formatting, the PC also erases any and all references to the existing data on the HD. After being erased and prepared, it also checked for any possible errors. Hope this be of some idea/help. Good luck and kind regards.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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formatting looks possible??? with xp and vista
You will have to be the computer administrator to change any values on any hard drive
click start control panel user accounts you should see a box with the administrator and the guest account if you have made one click on the administrator this may vary depending on which operating system you have
click start click to open on my computer you should see your hard drive usually C: right click select properties there will be an array of options select the security tab option then advanced make sure you have full control in windows 7
hope this helps you
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