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How do I partition and format a new hard drive if I can't reach disk managment

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June 9, 2013 3:47:28 PM

I have a Compaq Presario CQ62-417NR and the hard drive crashed (error 303). So I bought a new hard drive and installed it correctly, but since it is blank I cant reach disk management to partition nor format the new hard drive. I have a windows 7 upgrade disc but do I need the windows 7 installation disc in order to make it work??? I am very confused and any help would be appreciated. Also when I try to install Windows 7 instead of upgrading it, it always get stuck on "expanding windows files 0%".
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June 9, 2013 4:00:13 PM

Install windows and create the 1st partition. Then use DM to do the rest
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June 9, 2013 4:00:19 PM

A new HDD + a working Windows install disk (not upgrade disk) should work. If it doesn't, there are other issues.

Disconnect all other drives and try it.
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