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New (secondary) SATA hard drive formatting advice

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One of my computers is a Windws XP box, with a full hard drive. So, I bought a new 2TB Seagate SATA drive to add to the computer.

So...it's been a while since I have added a second drive to any computer, and was surprised when I looked up info on how to install and format the drive, that the advice was inconsistent. Some say use SeaTools for DOS and run the routine to write zeros to the entire drive, others say it is a waste of time.

So, what's the correct, or best, or wisest way to install a secondary hard drive, in Windows XP?

After physically installing the drive and rebooting, I went into Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. I was surprised that I was unable to select "Format" on the new drive (greyed-out), and could only accept the option of making the drive a "Dynamic" drive. So. I accepted that option, and now have a Simple (layout) and Dynamic (type) drive.

Now that I have looked around, it appears that "Dynamic" is for a RAID array, not a separate drive. I'm not setting up a RAID array. Worse, I am unable to delete the drive, to start over. (see attached screen capture)

So, do I need to physically unhook the cables to the drive and reboot to stop XP from seeing this as a "Dynamic" drive? And then, how to proceed with a proper installation and format?

Thanks,

Dennis
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