After starting your computer this morning, you find that Deathwing has destroyed your hard drive while you slept. You now need to rebuild your computer from backup, but first you have to install a new drive. Which of these processes should you follow to properly rebuild the file system on your new hard drive?
A) physically install the new drive, partition the drive, format the drive with NTFS
B) partition the drive, physically install the new drive, format the drive with NTFS
C) partition the drive, format the drive with NTFS, physically install the new drive
D) physically install the new drive, format the drive with NTFS, partition the drive
E) Get rid of those old purples, equip some brand-new greens, and go take on the black dragonflight!
The answer: A) physically install the new drive, partition the drive, format the drive with NTFS
You should have the hard drive completely installed in the computer before configuring the drive. Since hard drives are very sensitive to vibration, the drive should be completely mounted with all available screws and mounts. Before a file system can be formatted, the drive must first be partitioned.
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