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How do you initialize or format an external disk you want to use on a laptop?

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October 27, 2007 5:14PM

Plug in the disk you want to initialise In Windows XP/Vista: Go to Start>Run (the search box in Vista).

Type 'mmc' (without quotes).

The Microsoft Management console will appear.

Press Ctrl+M. Select the Disk Management icon from the list on the left, click 'Add>', then 'OK'.

Right click on the disk you want to initialise and select 'Initialise' from the menu.

Follow the prompts.

If unsure, go with the default values.