New Build Hard Drive Problem-No space at all.
Hey I have a really confusing problem with my HDD. When I try to install Windows 7 on my Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB it says I have a an empty space of 0.0MB and a total space of 0.0MB. And the drive is called. Disk 0 Unallocated Space. So I have a brand new empty hard drive that aparantntly has no space available what so ever. Please help I am really confused.
You have to format the drive before you can use it.
When you reach this screen
select Drive options (advanced)
it'll bring up this screen
select the hard drive from the list and hit the format button, after the format you should be able to install everything just fine :-)
(edit) it's been so long since I've install Windows I can't remember if you need to create a partition first. If the format button is grayed out and it won't let you select it, select new instead and create a partition then format
This is normal. Any new empty HDD must have two operations done before it can be used. You need to Create a Partition (this just defines a range of the HDD's space to to be used as one "disk"). The fact that somewhere you are seeing that the HDD is all Unallocated Space just confirms that no Partition has been created yet. After that the Partition needs to be Formatted (this just installs the File System - like NTFS - for use). If you are doing these two jobs yourself, often the handy Wizard tool combines them into one operation to make it easy.
HOWEVER, you say you are trying to Install Win 7. The Install process will do ALL of that preparation for you so you do NOT need to do it in advance. What SHOULD happen is that you boot from the Win 7 Install CD and it looks around and finds that there is one HDD present with enough space for the installation, and asks whether that really is the HDD you want to use. You would say yes and it will then proceed with a few suggestions for the size of the Partition to make and what File System to install on it, etc. It asks whether you approve its plan, or want to change any detail. When you approve it all, the Install process starts. It will do the Partition Creation and Formatting jobs first, then copy all the stuff it needs to the HDD. Plus it does a whole bunch of other work to get your system working.
Unlucky Noob said:Yes I know this, but when I go to the options screen everything but new portion is grayed out. And when I try doing that it says I can only portion 7MB. This HDD is completely empty so shouldn't I be able to partition and format more then just 7MB? Should I RMA and get a replacement?
You should be able to adjust the partition to whatever size you want
If not then I'm not sure, Ive never seen that before.
You can try this thread see if the steps in here help?
Most notably these steps here
1. Insert the Install DVD into the DVD drive.
2. On the disk selection screen, press SHIFT+F10. A Command Prompt window opens.
3. Type diskpart, and then press ENTER to open the diskpart tool.
4. Type list disk, and then press ENTER. A list of available hard disks is displayed.
5. Type sel disk number, and then press ENTER. number is the number of the hard disk that you want to clean. The hard disk is now selected.
6. Type det disk, and then press ENTER. A list of partitions on the hard disk is displayed. Use this information to verify that the correct disk is selected.
7. Make sure that the disk does not contain required data, type clean all, and then press ENTER to clean the disk. All the partitions and all the data on the disk is permanently removed.
8. Type exit, and then press ENTER to close the diskpart tool.
9. Close the Command Prompt window.
10. Click the Refresh button to update the disk selection screen. This step lists the disk.
11. Run Windows Setup to perform a clean installation of Windows.
It's worth a try :-)
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