How to make my hard drive work?

Gigabyte / G31m-es2l
September 23, 2011 at 22:36:56
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, Intel Core 2 Quad 2.66 GHz / 4094 MB
I was recently thinking about buying a new hard drive for my desktop, because my 200gb drive only has 20gb left of free space.

I had a Direct TV DVR box laying around the house, and decided to open it up. It contained within a Western Digital hard drive with 500gb. I pluged it in but don't know how to format it. Sounds funny, but I don't even know what formating is! LOL! I have build 3 desktops and don't know what formating is. XD

At first I left both, the old 200gb drive and the Western Digital, pluged in and started the computer. My BIOS read it, but it didn't have any space or anything. On the desktop screen windows senced the new hardware and updated it. But I didn't know where to go from there... So I remove my older 200gb drive and tryed installing windows xp on the Western Digital drive. It gave me an error message about no hard drive being plugged in. I also tryed installing windows 7 ultimate on it but it too showed that there was nothing plugged in. But when tryed Ubuntu, Ubuntu did read it.

After Ubuntu finished installing it, I had to restart like normal, but when it did re-start it got stuck on a black screen with a 2" purple line going across the monitor screen. So I pressed the restart button on my desktop and when it started it looked like if it was going to work. And it did. But when I shut it off and turned it back on it was back to the old drawing board; the OS didn't start and my bios read the drive but it had nothing in it. every thing was 0.

I hope somebody read all this and knows the answer to my issue. I know the hard drive works because when it's on I could feel it working and the BIOS show its there, and Ubuntu lets me install.

What should I do to make this hard drive work on my pc? What is formating and how do I do it?

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September 25, 2011 at 09:24:08
The drive most likely had a non-microsoft partition on it which Windows cannot delete (which it needs to do in order to proceed with a Windows installation.

It's got a non-microsoft partition on it now since you installed a Linux distro on it.
Go here for instructions on how to deal with that:

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