Solved Reformat a spare SATA HD

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March 6, 2013 at 12:42:24
Specs: Windows XP, 1.8GHZ/1 GB ram
How do I reformat a secondary SATA HD using my PC and the computer management tool? I know how to use the tool but how do I connect a second SATA HD so my PC will see it as a secondary storage device? With an IDE HD I would attach it as a slave, but SATA HD has no jumpers so how/where is it connected to the mainboard? Do I simply plug it in to any available SATA port on the mainboard?

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March 6, 2013 at 12:44:27
You do, indeed, just plug it into any free SATA port. There is no primary/secondary distinction with SATA drives.

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March 6, 2013 at 14:35:16
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Just plug it into a SATA port. And if all you plan on doing is formatting, you don't even have to use Disk Management. Just open My Computer, right click on the drive & select Format.

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