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Windows 7: When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

14 Apr 2014   #1
shippou

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When formatting, should I plug out all but the main hard drive?

I have C which is the main hard drive but I also have F, should I plug it out before formatting?


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14 Apr 2014   #2
theog

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Yes unplug all other HDD.
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14 Apr 2014   #3
shippou

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Thanks, is there any specific reason for unplugging the HDD?
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14 Apr 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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If you don't, there is some chance Windows will try to install some files to the other hard drive.
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14 Apr 2014   #5
shippou

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But when I do so after re-plugging the hard drive my computer regards it as D or sometimes H. I want to rename it to F after the formatting is done. How do I do so?
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14 Apr 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shippou View Post
But when I do so after re-plugging the hard drive my computer regards it as D or sometimes H. I want to rename it to F after the formatting is done. How do I do so?
By going to Windows Disk Management, right clicking the drive, and choosing "change drive letter and paths" from the drop down menu.
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14 Apr 2014   #7
crawfish

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You seem to be talking about "installing Windows", which is entirely different than "formatting", which simply prepares a file system and otherwise makes the drive usable. It's a good idea to unplug all but the system drive for the former, but you needn't unplug anything for the latter.
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