Format a new hdd?

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#1

Is it necessary to format a new hard drive?


#2

Yes it is generally.

External drives would probably come formatted to FAT32 but internal drive unformatted.


#3

So the purpose of formating the new drive is to set up NTFS?


#4

It’s to set it up with a file system yes. Whether FAT32 or NTFS (in a windows environment) is the users choice.

When I bought my 2 Seagte external drives they were supplied formatted FAT32, so I immediately reformatted as NTFS.

Supplying unformatted is sensible as Windows is not the only O/S used and an NTFS formatted drive would need reformatting anyway for a Linux or Mac system.


#5

Thanks TimC.


#6

You should format a drive, perferably in a cli-environment that way you’ll see if any sectors are damanged etc.
//Danne


#7

Yes, and I would do an NTFS format instead of FAT32. I never run FAT32.