How do you format this and why is that necessary for new drives? What stops me from plugging it right into my system and getting started?

asked on August 1, 2018

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Depends on what you're doing. You can connect this to your system but new drives will not be functional until you initialize them and create a partition under Disk Management. Your other option (what I did with this drive) is to disconnect your existing drive and then install this (while PC is off if that's not obvious). Then you have a blank drive in your system and can boot from an OS disc like Windows 10. A fresh Windows 10 installation will still recognize the drive and be able to initialize it properly as well as create the necessary partitions. Let me know if you have any follow up questions.
Adam R.
· August 18, 2018
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It's necessary for new drives because formatting sets up a file system. Different operating systems use different file systems and Samsung doesn't know what OS you're using, so they don't format it for you. Oftentimes flash drives or external drives come already formatted, but they're making an assumption, and you should probably re-format those when you get them too.
Pale Ale
· December 26, 2018
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'Formatting' is actually a three part process. Drives usually come unformatted because they allow the user to choose how they are using the drive. First you need a file system. This is how the cpu finds data stored the the hard drive. Its NTFS for windows, HFS for Mac, and usually ex4 for Linux. Second you need partit… see more 'Formatting' is actually a three part process. Drives usually come unformatted because they allow the user to choose how they are using the drive. First you need a file system. This is how the cpu finds data stored the the hard drive. Its NTFS for windows, HFS for Mac, and usually ex4 for Linux. Second you need partitions. This separates blocks of data making it faster to access specific areas of the drive. Usually the OS creates its own partition so it has a smaller area to search when it needs data from the OS files. You can make your own partitions for example putting all your music on one partition makes it faster to access that data because the computer knows that area of the drive is just for music. Third you need mounting or 'voluming' this is how the user finds the drives with the user interface. If drives came per-formated they could only be used for the purpose they were formated to. Some computer stores will format a drive for you but honestly its pretty easy and a skill you should learn if you are buying this kind of high end hardware. see less 'Formatting' is actually a three part process. Drives usually come unformatted because they allow the user to choose how they are using the drive. First you need a file system. This is how the cpu finds data stored the the hard drive. Its NTFS for windows, HFS for Mac, and usually ex4 for Linux. Second you need partitions. This separates blocks of data making it faster to access specific areas of the drive. Usually the OS creates its own partition so it has a smaller area to search when it needs data from the OS files. You can make your own partitions for example putting all your music on one partition makes it faster to access that data because the computer knows that area of the drive is just for music. Third you need mounting or 'voluming' this is how the user finds the drives with the user interface. If drives came per-formated they could only be used for the purpose they were formated to. Some computer stores will format a drive for you but honestly its pretty easy and a skill you should learn if you are buying this kind of high end hardware.
Nimic
· June 2, 2021
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"Getting Started" ????? What are you "getting started" with doing? If you know how to install this, you should have an idea what to do with it, and if you don't, you should figure that out before "plugging it in." An unformatted drive is like a blank paper, you can write whatever you want on it, it will not do the writing for you....
John S.
· May 21, 2019
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You can do that if your installing windows but if your adding it all new drives need to be partitioned
travis
· January 9, 2021
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