11-14-2009 02:38 PM
Yes folks you can. no need for 3rd party tools. you can put it in a USB enclosure or connect it directly to the computer. Windows 7 will see the partition and allow you to format it. No more messing around with various programs, especially for Vista users since no formatting tools work on it. The steps are below
1) connect the HDD.
2) wait for drivers to load if any.
3) go to control panel > administrative tools > component management > Disk Management.
4) upon entering it will tell you the drive needs allocation, select the default option.
5) right click on the drive and create a new volume. just click next all the way through.
6) format it into NTFS and set a drive letter
7) ready to go!
if you want a FAT32 drive
8) remane the drive to something besides the default name given
9) open command promt
10) type "format /FS:FAT32 X:" (no quotes, X is the drive letter you chose earlier)
11) you will be prompted to enter a volume label, enter the name of the hard drive
12) sit back and put on a movie, this takes a long time.
I just turned my old 60gig HDD into a portable one and thought I'd share.
11-14-2009 02:50 PM
11-14-2009 03:29 PM
it's new to me lol. vista kept screaming errors at me. this worked.