Solved Nuked a harddrive, can I still use it as storage?

May 15, 2015 at 23:46:12
Specs: Windows 7
I used Darik's Boot and Nuke to completely wipe a harddrive of old garbage that was on it. I did not re-format it or install an OS, is it possible to use it as storage as is?

I can see it in Device Manager with all it's GB freed up, just not sure if I can direct downloads and files to be stored in it without formatting it. Can I?

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May 16, 2015 at 01:11:10
If by "nuking it" you wiped it fully then as I understand it - you need to reconfigure it afresh. At least to reformat; and if it's a large capacity drive, perhaps partition into a couple of partitions, so as to make it easier to keep track of, defragged etc. too.

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May 16, 2015 at 08:55:04
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Why would you be opposed to formatting? You first need to partition it into one or more partitions. Then format at least one of the partitions in order to make it usable.

You can perform those operations while in Disk Management.

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May 16, 2015 at 10:16:37
I wasn't opposed to formatting it, just only wanted to go as far as I had to.

Thank you both for the help, I formatted it and it works wonderfully now!

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