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1st i7 build - Need help installing Vista

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April 20, 2009 5:02:27 AM

Hi - I'm building a pc for the first time in five years. It'll have a Asus P6T motherboard, i7 2.66 cpu, 3x2GB ddr3, Vista Home 64 bit, single sata hard drive, and blue ray burner.

My question is real basic, and I'm sorry if I should know this, but I don't.

In the past, I've used setup disks and a floppy drive to run fdisk to create a partition and format the hard drive before installing the operating system.

Since I have no floppy, how do I partition and then format the hd and is there any particular way to do it?

Any links to a step by step video, tutorial or web page would greatly be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
April 20, 2009 3:04:27 PM

n3f0ur said:
No you don't need a partitioning program. Windows 9x and newer comes with this tool included. For Vista, boot up the setup/install disk, if you see "advanced", click that to manually partition the harddisk. Like so:

After install, you can partition a new disk in disk mgr. Like so:

Thanks! Isn't Vista on a DVD, and if so, do I have to set the BIOS to start from the optical drive, and does the bios include the driver for the optical drive? I'm going to be using a LG Blue Ray Burner.
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April 21, 2009 12:29:19 PM

Bios needs to be set up to boot from cd/dvd, floppy, usb and lastly hdd. This pic shows the opposite. Don't do that.

BIOS doesn't have drivers, but it reads the boot record of a drive and if it checks out, the drive will take over and boot up.
April 21, 2009 1:19:03 PM

Thanks, and sorry for the stupid questions. I just never built a pc before where the optical drive would work before running the setup from the floppy drive. Hope this goes smoothly.