Tech Notes

Posted: July 29, 2010 in Secrets, Table Of Contents, TECH

Hard Drive Formatting and Mapping


Format Hard Drive on Windows XP & Vista

1. The tool used to format or reformat the hard drive on Windows XP and Vista is the so called Disk Management application. You can find it by right-clicking on My Computer, choosing Manage and then selecting Disk Management. The alternative is to go to Start/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management.


2. Choose the drive you want to prepare and right-click on the gray field on the left side in order to initialize the drive. Once done, right-click on the Unallocated space for further commands and select New Partition.

IF the Drive is not visible THEN :  try dis-conecting the USB cable and reconnect. This has always solved the problem in my case.


3. Follow the Partition Wizard and set up the drive according to your requirements. In general, we recommend to create one primary partition and format the hard drive using the NTFS file system.

NOTE: Chose “QUICK FORMAT” unless the drive is in unstable and/or been used a very long time. It is the difference of this step taking seconds and hours!


4. Go to My Computer and the new drive should now appear. If the drive has not been formatted already, you will now be prompted to format it. Select NTFS if the drive is only used on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. If the drive will be used on older or different Operating Systems, you may want to select FAT32 instead. Keep in mind that on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, the largest partition that can be created using FAT32 is 32GB and the size of a single file can not exceed 4GB.


MS Windows 7 Starter Edition

(see blog )


Memory Card Testing:



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