Initialising 2nd Hard drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by A.T., Mar 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Sydney, Australia
    #1
    Hi,

    just wondering if anyone can help me, I have just installed a second internal Hard Drive as my original 80 gig was almost full. When I start up the computer it asks if I want to initialise, ignore or eject the new drive. I choose initialise which opens disk utility. The only option available when the new hard drive is selected is "New Image" when I select this it takes ages and wont complete, saying I don't have enough space on my old HD. What I want to know is how do I create a second HD on my desktop so I can access the new drive? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I can find no information anywhere to guide me in the right direction.

    Regards,

    A.T.
     
  2. Moderator emeritus

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    Jul 4, 2004
    #2
    Take it you're using Panther? OS 10.3.x?

    Open up Disk Utility, select the Drive in the left-hand pane.

    Choose 'Erase' from the tabs in the upper centre of the Disk Utility box... (the tabs that say 'First Aid, Erase, Partition, Raid, Restore)

    Give the disk a name -- Harold is nice.
    When prompted, select Mac OS X Extended.

    Should mount on the desktop after it's done.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thanks very much for your help,

    I was a bit weary of choosing an option with the words "delete disk". Also found it a bit strange that you have to delete a hard drive which has nothing on it before you can use it. It worked though.

    Thanks again,

    A.T.
     

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