Hi, i have a new 2TB HDD Western Digital Caviar Black (model Number: WD2002FAEX), and i want to use it with my EXTERNAL DOCK Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station (model numer: ST0005U)
At first i just want to use it to copy all my files from my 3 old computers, and then store it on a antistatic box on a shelf. aI will every now and then do some manual Backup if i have new files or folders in those old PCs.
The computers are all Windows XP. The main PC is XP 32 Bit Pro SP2, the second main one is XP 32 Bit Pro SP3, and the third one is XP 64bit PRo.
So the questions are:
1) right out of the box, how should i proceed with the NEW HDD? Should i just put it inside the DOCK Station, and then FORMAT IT? And How should i FORMAT IT? Please give me a simple way to do it with windows own tools. A step by step will be much appreciated unless is so simple it does not need detailed explanation.
2) And AFTER doing the Format, what else should i do before i start Copying the files and folders from the old PCs? Should i do some TESTS with some program or with something?
3) Will it make sense to do PARTITIONS on it? The HDD will only be used as i explained, for manually backing up and then have it on a shelf...