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Click Start
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse button on My Computer.
Click Manage.
Click Storage

The "Disk Administrator" will start, and your disk-drive may show up as being "unformatted".
Use this utility to create a partition, and to format the partition.
Then, the "empty" partition will show-up in My Computer.

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