format harddrive to ntfs - not visible in Explorer

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by jason2slow, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. jason2slow

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    format harddrive to ntfs

    i formatted a harddrive to ntfs with partition magic, and the harddrive won't show up in my computer, im running xp pro.
    so what is it that im missing..?
     
  2. Petros

    Petros Thief IV

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    Open partition magic again. What does PM say the format of the hard drive is right now?
     
  3. jason2slow

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    it says its ntfs, the only difference between the one im trying to get to work, and the one that works, is that the one thats not working dosen't have a letter (like C: ) and dosen't have some space tahts not partitioned, does this mean anyhting?
     
  4. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    After your format a drive oyu have to create partitions on it. Thats why windows can't see it
     
  5. Iceman

    Iceman Moderator

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    yea what he said ^^^

    :)
     
  6. jason2slow

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    ok so could you quickly list the things i need to do to get it working? i don't really know how to do these things so if you could explain steps, it would be appreciated:)
     
  7. yoyo

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    Isn't it the other way round? You create partitions and then format them. ;)

    I'd look in diskmanagement if the drive shows up there and try to assign a drive letter to it.
     
  8. jason2slow

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    ok so how do i assign it a letter? and how do i change like harddrives and cdrw's letters?
     
  9. yoyo

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    So the drive is visible in diskmanagement and says it is formatted in ntfs?

    To change driveletters, highlight the drive, click Action in the menu, click 'all tasks' - 'change drive letter and path'
    Remember that you can only assign drive letters that are not in use. So if you want to swap driveletters between d: and e: you would first have to assign a random letter like z: to drive d:, then rename e: to d: and last z: to e:
     
  10. jason2slow

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    sorry im asking so many questions, but umm where is disk management? do you mean device manager?
     
  11. yoyo

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    Right click your "My Computer" icon - Manage - Disk Management
     
  12. jason2slow

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    thanks i can see it now in explorer, also, if i refomat the drive with windows on it, will there be anything i have to do again?
     
  13. dubstar

    dubstar format c:

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    if you uninstall windows on your partion, the partion will stay. the data would still be on part of your hard drive. if you reinstalled windows, it would automatically give it a drive letter.
     
  14. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    Youl'll get a lot more info by reading the Help in disk management.