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  • Hard Drives
  • Command Line
  • Storage
  • Acer
  • Windows 7
  • Command Prompt
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September 15, 2013 7:03:15 PM

Its an Acer Aspire One 722 Netbook and WD Scorpion Blue 320GB HDD and Im trying to install Windows 7 Home Premium. Whenever I boot in BIOS it recognizes my hard drive. THe problem is when I get to the setup screen and it asks me to choose a storage and my HDD is showing up unallocated. Is there a way to check if my HDD is dead or can it be formatted?

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a c 328 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
September 15, 2013 7:24:39 PM

You can install to an unallocated space, Windows 7 will partition and format the space.
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September 15, 2013 8:59:30 PM

RealBeast said:
You can install to an unallocated space, Windows 7 will partition and format the space.


It wont let me. My HDD Just shows up as 0.0 GB with only one partition. The setup is asking to choose a storage device and wont let me install Windows 7 on this hard drive. The laptop crashed previously and now I'm trying to do a clean install and it wont let me use my HDD. I tried removing it and connecting it back. Still nothing.

Is there a way to format in cmd?

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a c 328 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
September 16, 2013 12:23:51 PM

Assuming that your hard drive works, you can use a command prompt with:
diskpart
list disk
select disk n (the disk that you want to fix)
clean

If diskpart won't allow you to perform operations on the drive you may have to use the inactive command before clean.
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September 16, 2013 12:57:10 PM

RealBeast said:
Assuming that your hard drive works, you can use a command prompt with:
diskpart
list disk
select disk n (the disk that you want to fix)
clean

If diskpart won't allow you to perform operations on the drive you may have to use the inactive command before clean.


OK i had to boot from a USB drive and I can get to the cmd by going to the "repair your computer" section of the setup wizard.

how do i knwo which command lines to use?

Thanks again for the response.

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a c 328 G Storage
a b $ Windows 7
September 16, 2013 1:58:08 PM

Start with these:

diskpart
list disk
select disk n (the disk that you want to fix)
clean

HERE is a site that has all the diskpart syntax, but I would start with that simple set of commands from a command prompt.
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