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Windows 7: Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage

13 Feb 2019   #1
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage

I have a new 2TB HDD I want to initialize and format for use as a data storage disk only (no OS.)

It is now called "Disk 6" in Disk Management.

I've done this in the past and it was straightforward. I cannot remember clearly how.

I want to do it properly again. I've searched the forum and in the web in general and all I find is descriptions of complex arrangements users want to create.

Is there a list of the steps I need to take?

thanks
baumgrenze


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13 Feb 2019   #2
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

All you need to do is right click the My Computer icon on your desktop and chose Manage. Then go to, Storage | Disk Management. Right click your drive (make DAMN sure it's the right one) Initialize and format.

Another way to get to Disk Management is to go to the Start orb under search and begin typing, " Create and format hard disk partitions.

Disk Management is in the Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management | Storage.
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13 Feb 2019   #3
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Thanks For the Quick Response

I believe I managed the initialization OK

Here's what I see now:

Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage-diskmanagement021219_new2tb_wdblack.jpg

If I right click on the the striped area it offers "New Simple Volume."

Is it as simple as selecting that option?

thanks
baumgrenze


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13 Feb 2019   #4
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Moving Ahead

I found another thread by searching a bit more and was reminded of Mini-Tool Partition Wizard. The tutorial seemed to make sense, so I'm moving ahead. Here's what it looked like before.

Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage-minitoolpartitionwizard_021219_new2tb_wdblack_maindisplay.jpg
MiniToolPartitionWizard_021219_New2TB_WDBlack_MainDisplay.jpg

Here's the Create New Partition interface:

Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage-minitoolpartitionwizard_021219_new2tb_wdblack_createnewpartition.jpg
MiniToolPartitionWizard_021219_New2TB_WDBlack_CreateNewPartition.jpg

Here's the result:
Initialize and Format a New HDD For Data Storage-minitoolpartitionwizard_021219_new2tb_wdblack_maindisplaypartitioned.jpg
MiniToolPartitionWizard_021219_New2TB_WDBlack_MainDisplayPartitioned.jpg

I launched a surface test. It should be done before breakfast. I'll leave it running and go to bed.

Please do not hesitate to point out any mistakes I may have made.

thanks
baumgrenze


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14 Feb 2019   #5
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Everything is Fine - A Few Questions Below & Solved

I'll wait a while to see if anyone answers the questions below.

I can report that the surface test found no read errors.

Questions:

Is the Minitools Partition Wizard surface test as good a tool as any to find bad sectors?

If CHKDSK finds and deals with any bad sectors are they hidden so that a surface test run afterwards would show no read errors?

I have seen posts that support using CHKDSK /R to check a disk, even a new one like this one, for bad sectors.

I've also seen posts that suggest that if the manufacturer does careful quality control, they find and 'hide' any bad sectors, effectively reducing the capacity of the disk, not that you would knowingly use a disk with bad sectors.

Do posts like these contain helpful information that points to something better than the MTPW surface test?

thanks
baumgrenze
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14 Feb 2019   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You have successfully initialized the new HDD by low formatting as Legacy - MBR, creating one primary partition and formatted as NTFS.
If the surface test found no read errors your HDD is fine.
Check disk looks for logical errors on the disk, not physical errors. It doesn't look for errors on unused space.
Surface test scan for errors on the disk surface (hardware), not logical.

Your disk is fine. Ready to be used.
Just remember that one day all disks will fail (not if but when, by hardware or by virus attack) so you must always have a backup. And backup disk you only connect when you're going to do a backup. Never leave it connected all time.
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15 Feb 2019   #7
baumgrenze

Win 7 Pro 64
 
 
Thank You For Helping Me See Physical vs Logical Errors

Thank you Megahertz07 for the important clarification.

I remain mystified why my efforts to update a Win10 installation on a SSD (that is all there is on it until I finally am forced to migrate from Win7 to Win10 during 2019) resulted in the creation of so many logical errors on my data disk.

thanks
baumgrenze
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15 Feb 2019   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baumgrenze View Post
I remain mystified why my efforts to update a Win10 installation on a SSD (that is all there is on it until I finally am forced to migrate from Win7 to Win10 during 2019) resulted in the creation of so many logical errors on my data disk.
thanks
baumgrenze
You have a Win 10 installed on a SSD and you can't update it?
By WU or by running a newer version setup from running Win 10?
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