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How To Install a New Hard Disk


If you have purchased a new hard disk but do not see it in your Control Panel, the issue may be due to the fact that you have not yet installed the hard disk. Installing your hard disk consists of you initializing and formatting your hard drive for the first time. Continue reading to discover how to do so.


Initializing the Hard Drive

To begin installing your new hard disk, connect the disk and wait for the automatic installation of the pilots.


In the Start menu, right-click on the Control Panel, then click Manage. Next, click Disk Manager.

The initialization assistant should launch automatically. If it doesn't, right-click on the new disk, then click Initialize Disk.

Leave the settings as they are, then click OK.

Now that your disk is initialized, you will need to partition it to use it.

Create New Partitions and Format Your Hard Disk

To create a new partition, you have two options. The first is by using Windows and the second is by using the GParted software.

Using Windows

In the Disk Manager, right-click on a blank spot, then click New simple volume. Now, click Next.

Choose the size of the new disk partition, and click Next.

Choose the letter that you would like to attribute to the new partition, and click Next.

Next, choose the file system — Windows NTFS is the recommended one.

Now, check the box next to Run a quick format, and leave the other settings exactly as they are. Now, click Next, followed by Finish.

Wait while the partition is formatted. If you would like to create several partitions, repeat these steps as many times as is necessary.

You should, now, be able to use your disk.

Using GParted

You can use the GParted application to create a partition on your hard disk. To download the software, go here.

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