Hello friends i have tried researching but i am finding conflicting responses, straight to the point, i get a new primary hdd tomorrow to replace one which is failing to boot, do i need to slave it first on another system and format it or can i just put the new hard drive into the laptop without formatting and hope the OS finds the drive and allows me to install windows? I know the install formats the drive but if the hdd is blank does it even contain a file system? i dont think windows will even see the drive to allow an install if it doesn't contain a file system.
To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk
To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.
Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.
Restart your computer.
Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.
On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.
If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.
On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.
On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.
On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).
Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.