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Posted on May 16, 2013 in Backup, Supplemental Backup Tutorials | 0 comments

How to format a hard drive or add a new hard drive to your Windows Vista, 7, 8 or Windows 10 PC

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to format a hard drive and the other steps you need to take when you add a fresh new hard drive to your Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC. Before you can write any data to the drive, or before it even shows up on your PC, you will need to follow the steps shown in the video.

Note:- If you were looking for a tutorial on how to format your system (operating system) drive and completely reinstall Windows, click here for the Windows Vista tutorial or click here for the Windows 7 tutorial.

Windows XP users – If you surfed onto this page looking for a tutorial on how to format a hard drive in your operating system, click here.

Windows 7 users – Although this video was recorded using Windows Vista, the process is virtually identical in your operating system.

Windows 8 users – You can access Administrative Tools on your machine by first searching for “Control Panel” on the Start screen, then searching for “Administrative Tools” on the Control Panel.

Windows 10 users – You can access Computer Management on your machine by simply searching for it on the Search bar and then clicking the icon that appears. Remember to right click and choose “Run as administrator” if you’re running a standard user account.

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Additional notes

If you are preparing this hard drive for use as an offsite backup, as per our Off-Site Backup Case Study, you may want to add two partitions to the drive if you feel confident doing so. This will stop one user going over his or her quota of disk space.

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