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Chapter 11. Working with Disks and Drive... > Preparing a New Hard Disk for Use wi...

Preparing a New Hard Disk for Use with Windows

Of all PC upgrades, the most common is probably adding or replacing a hard disk. In recent years, the price of mass storage has plummeted dramatically. When Windows 95 was released in 1995, a 1.6GB hard disk cost more than $400. Three years later, when Windows 98 hit the streets, you could pick up a 4GB hard disk for under $200. By summer 2000, when Microsoft released Windows Millennium Edition, hard disk prices had plummeted still further—a careful shopper could pick up a 30GB hard disk for well under $200. And there's no sign that this consumer-friendly trend is going to stop in the future.

Unfortunately, the tools you use to prepare a new hard disk for use with Windows Me are primitive at best.


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