Does anyone know how to format an internal hard drive that is seperated from its original rig (ie. if someone just hands you a 3.5" HDD and asks you to format it)? Would I have to plug it directly into a SATA slot on the motherboard or is there a better way to do this? Could I get an eSATA adapter and just plug it into the front of my case and treat it as an external hard drive?
yes you could put it in a Sata hardrive Dock or case and plug it in your pc with usb and format to what ever format you want
Another option would be to open the case and just plug it up the same way your own primary HDD is plugged up. With a Sata cable and power cable. This is assuming you have spares. Though, if you do, it would cost nothing. Whereas a dock might unless you found one you could borrow. It's the exact same process beyond that.
Go to Computer, Right click the drive (probably letter D:, E:, or F:), click "Format..." then select all the settings and format. :)
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