Help - formatting a hard drive

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  1. GerryDavid

    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have a Western Digital 20gb hard drive that I bought back in 2000 or so.

    At the time I tried to hook it up to the desktop at the time and it was to old to support the 20gb. So I was playing with it and it ended up getting formatted to 500mb's.

    After putting it off for a year, I put it into my new desktop pc. But when I go to my computer, right click on drive e, format, I dont get any options other than 500mbs in the drop down list.

    How do I format it back to 500mb's? Do I have to go to the command prompt? I tried "fdisk /?" and it said it didnt know the command, then "format /?" and I didnt see the option I was looking for.

    If it helps, the pc is windows xp, 2.4ghz emachine.

    Theres som options that I dont know whats best. It offers Fat32, fat and ntfs for file systems, whats best for windows xp? And for allocation file size, I had more options than default before but now it says default.

    Also Id like to devide the drive up into 2 parts, one for a scratch disk for photoshop, the other for some picture storage/backup. 10gb's isnt much but maybe put the pictures ive worked on to be prints over there or something.

    Any advice is welcome. :0)
     
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    ferny TPF Noob!

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    500mb?!?! That must have been an old OS to not have some form of work around! :shock:

    You want to format it so it goes back to 20gb, right?

    I don't know xp and I only know what I do by fiddling with my computer ( :oops: ). So I did a google.

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=313348

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=309000

    And here is the google search link.
    http://www.google.com/search?q=format windows xp&sourceid=opera&num=50&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

    Formating the hdd with erase everything by the way. Just incase you didn't know. :)
     
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    GerryDavid No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks core, but I wanted a fast responss, last time I went there it took a few days for an answer I believe. :0) I went to a few forums and 60% of them replied within an hour.

    The old os was windows 95. The motherboard could support 3 or 4gb's, I was trying something out that caused it to go to 500mbs, then I couldnt get the other space back after that, hehe. Then the old 3gb hd messed up causing the pc not to start so I just went and got a notebook pc since that desktop was a paperweight.
     
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    Got it to work with someones advice to go to control pannel, etc. Took forever to format though but oh well.
     

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