Before you can use a new disk with the Apple IIGS, you must prepare it to receive information in a format that the computer will understand. This process of preparing a disk is called Initializing. Initializing a disk is somewhat like constructing a parking lot with numbered parking spaces. When the computer stores information on the disk, it uses these "parking spaces" to organize the information for easy retrieval.
Initializing a disk erases everything on the disk. Before you follow the steps in this procedure, be sure you're using a blank disk or a disk that
doesn't contain information you want to keep.
Follow these steps to initialize a disk:
1. Make sure the disk to be initialized is not write-protected.
2. Insert the disk to be initialized into an empty 3.5-inch drive.
3. If necessary, specify that you want to initialize the disk.
Session 4: Experimenting with the Finder