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Setup A Hard Disk Drive in the Media Bay

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Step 15:

Windows will now start formatting the disk.

Step 16:

Windows XP has completed the formatting process for the J:\ drive. If everything went okay, it will show "Healthy".

But there is still some disk space that is "Unallocated".

Step 17:

Right click on the "Unallocated" section and select "New Partition".

Step 18:

This will start up the "New Partition Wizard".

Step 19:

I will select "Primary partition" again. If you want, you can select "Extended partition".

To decide how you want to set up the last partition, you can read the Description of what a Primary partition is.

Once you have selected your partition type, click on the "Next" button.

Step 20:

You can read what an Extended partition is here.

Step 21:

Since I am setting up only two partitions on the new hard drive, I have selected all of the available space that is left.

Select the size of the partition that you want and click the "Next" button.

Step 22:

Once again, select the drive letter. K:\ is next in line for me.

Then click the "Next" button.

Step 23:

Choose your file system and enter your volume label. Then click the "Next" button.

Step 24:

Review the settings and if they are what you want, click the "Finish" button. Otherwise, click the "Back" button and select the correct settings.

Step 25:

Windows XP will now Format the drive.

Step 26:

Here, you can see that the K:\ drive is "Healthy".

Step 27:

If you want to boot from the media bay hard drive, you will need to make the partition "Active". You can do this by right clicking on the drive that you want to boot from and select "Mark Partition as Active".

The system partition must be a primary partition that has been marked as active for startup purposes and must be located on the disk that the computer accesses when starting up the system. There can be only one active system partition on a disk at a time. You can have multiple basic disks and each can have one active partition. However the computer will only start from one specific disk. If you want to use another operating system, you must first mark its system partition as active before restarting the computer.

I have already done this. I now can set up another Operating System on this drive.

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