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I have a new laptop IDE HD drive and a MadDog USB

I have a new laptop HD drive and a MadDog USB extarnal drive case. How do I format the new 120 GB IDE drive in a Maddog USB unit hooked to my desktop. Da - I just figured out the desk top (using Vista) may not be seeing the drive because it is not formated.

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As long as the hard drive is powered up and connected to the computer via USB cable it will show up under the "Computer Management".. Go to the control panel and click on "Administrative Tools", then on "Computer Management", now click on Disk Management in the left pane. You drives will appear in the middle pane. Scroll down until you see the drive. In the upper pane it may say something like usb drive etc., look below for it in the bottom pane. If it says that it is offline or it has not been initialized, you can right click on the name where it sayd "Disk 2" or whatever number the computer gave it and click on "Initialize". Now the computer may recognize the fact that the drive has not been initialized and give a prompt to do it and start up a wizard to help you along.Now if the drive is already initialized and it is just unallocated spece, then right click in the area to the right of the disk number and select make a new simple volume. Follow the prompts in formatting, it will only take a minute to complete. Make sure you click on fast or quick format. If you are using a MAC, make sure to format the drive to FAT32, if you are using it for a PC, then format it NTFS.

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You plug the hard drive in to the pc and then you go to computer or my computer and right click the hard drive then click format.

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