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How do you format or partition a HDD without an OS?

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June 28, 2012 4:55:34 PM

Well i tried installing windows 7, and as it's a new build has no OS, when i try to install it just says something about needing drivers? Anyhow i'm just wondering if any of you guys had done this before? I'll be much better to the community after my first build :)  :lol: 

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June 28, 2012 5:07:37 PM

gonna take dog for a walk be right back in 30 mins
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June 28, 2012 5:33:31 PM

As I recall, during the initial phase of the installation, the boot process asks if you need to install third party drivers for storage devices. Is this what you're referring to? If so, you shouldn't need to install any drivers during the initial installation and you can skip that.

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June 28, 2012 5:42:01 PM

You can't partition or format without OS. You will need either the install CD and go up to the part where it asks to format or partition or use the system repair disk. If this was XP, then you could format without either, but otherwise, you can't.
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June 28, 2012 5:57:45 PM

azeem40 said:
You can't partition or format without OS. You will need either the install CD and go up to the part where it asks to format or partition or use the system repair disk. If this was XP, then you could format without either, but otherwise, you can't.


Ok going back to it, wish me luck!!
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June 28, 2012 6:03:51 PM

It says "Where do you want to install windows?" Thing is my HDD isn't showing, but it did in the bios!! Anyone able to help?
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June 28, 2012 6:04:52 PM

Is AHCI mode enabled?
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June 28, 2012 6:08:37 PM

azeem40 said:
Is AHCI mode enabled?


Yes, its was in IDE, and it wasn't showing so i thought i'd go in there, and change it to AHCI, and still no luck...
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June 28, 2012 6:14:46 PM

If i had another Computer, other than my lappy which i'm on now i'd pull the bloody thing out and format it, maybe western digital haven't set it to the right file system...
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June 28, 2012 6:15:02 PM

give ubuntu a try
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June 28, 2012 6:15:16 PM

azeem40 said:
Is HPET enabled, and if so, is it enabled in 32-bit or 64-bit?


Not sure ill look
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June 28, 2012 6:15:59 PM

live cd from ubuntu should be very helpful, giving you a GUI interface for your drives and u can format from there
i think NTFS is an option
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June 28, 2012 6:18:04 PM

I would have posted the above, but when I looked, it said FAT32 is the only option.
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June 28, 2012 6:22:40 PM

azeem40 said:
I would have posted the above, but when I looked, it said FAT32 is the only option.


Alright would a 1TB 7200rpm western digital ship with fat32 as its standard setting? I'm really confused by this now
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June 28, 2012 6:32:02 PM

If you're running Windows 7, you must have NTFS as the file system. Otherwise, it won't let you install. It MIGHT ask if you want to convert to NTFS, but I am not sure on that.
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June 28, 2012 6:40:26 PM

azeem40 said:
If you're running Windows 7, you must have NTFS as the file system. Otherwise, it won't let you install. It MIGHT ask if you want to convert to NTFS, but I am not sure on that.


I'm at the command prompt, how could i convert to NTFS? It probably already is, but i dont know as i cant see.
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June 28, 2012 7:08:40 PM

azeem40 said:
If you're running Windows 7, you must have NTFS as the file system. Otherwise, it won't let you install. It MIGHT ask if you want to convert to NTFS, but I am not sure on that.


Thank you, you and a guide have done it with me!!!
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June 28, 2012 7:09:02 PM

Best answer selected by spat55.
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