Ok, one step forward but still there is a problem. I opened the Disk Manager, connected the USB, and got a message that this disk is not initialized and if I want to initialize it to boot. There was another option, three letters, something like GSP or something but the message said that was for disks over 2TBs only. So, I chose boot. Then my device did appear in the Disk Management as a thumbnail with no name. It says: layout Simple, Type: Basic, File System - this slot is empty, Status: healthy (EISA Configuration).
I cannot figure out how to format it. There is no option. I right click on everything, left click to no avail.
Still I don't see it in Windows Explorer, naturally.
OK, everything is fine. I am about to format it. These are the parameters are chose. Please verify if it is conventional. It supposed to be a high performance drive for a Windows Server 2008 eventually working on 8-core machine. I want it to be optimized for performance.
Volume type: Simple Volume.
Volume Size: 286166 MB
File System: NTFS
Allocation unit size: 4096. I suspect that default was 4096 but still I decided to make sure. Shall I select a different size? I can reformat.
Enable File and Folder Compression - Yes.
I chose the latter because it is my observation that Vista does file compression all the time regardless. Some of my folders keep growing in size and then they shrink typically overnight when Vista works in background. Fisrt I got scared thinking that I delete stuff unwittingly, so I implemented strict software control for every record I deleted in my DBs and got convinced that it was Vista.
So, please check it out.
Many thanks to you guys. I will have to call newegg and ask them to reinstall the charge.
Thanks. I am really looking forward to trying it. I will get the new machine probably in 10 days. The formatting went quite well. Took a few hours. The drive was outside the box and I was surprised that it did not overheat. Turned out to be slightly warm after being plugged in overnight. I've read reports that overheating for 10,000 rpm is a real problem.