do I need the MBR on a formatted hard drive?

May 4, 2011 at 13:41:19
Specs: Windows XP
I am using WIN XP Home to partition and format an 80 GB Maxtor Hard Drive to use in another desktop PC. I hooked the hard drive up as a "slave" (comes up as F drive on the PC I am running to format the drive).

I have successfully "partitioned the "F" drive via XP's Computer Management/Disk Management program in XP Home. And did a full format of "F" drive.

My question is, "F" is now a bare hard drive and has no files on it yet.... What do I do next?

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May 4, 2011 at 14:09:05
Put files on it. How you do that and which files you put on it depends on what you want to achieve. Any programmes you install on this drive work necessarily work when you move it to another computer and if you put this drive in another computer it wont necessarily come up as drive F:

Although what that has to do with your your original question in the subject line I have no idea but the answer to that is yes you do. The MBR is created when you partition a drive. A drive cannot be formatted until it is partitioned. Lose the MBR and you lose everything..


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