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I just built my computer with windows 7, how do I format my 2 hard drives? I also have an SSD that does not need formatting

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    Marcus Oct 15, 2010

    This seems an odd question to me (not being critical of you), because I'm not aware of how you can biuld an Operating SYstem without it having formatted the drive it's on. Could you clarify if you mean you have installed Windows 7 on one hard drive and now wish to forat the other 2 drives you have installed? Am I getting close?

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Hi,go to start and left click,look for Computer and Right Click that,now left click Manage.A new window will open look to the left side you'll see Disk Management left click that.Opening this could take a minute so wait..When the new window opens all drives will be listed,just mouse over the drive you want to work with and right click for most options.
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