I installed a new sata hdd and detected it

October 2, 2012 at 03:19:32
Specs: Windows 7
the hard drive was detected but could not be formated, and I could not go to the c:/ prompt to format it in readiness for loading an OS on it. After installing it, what can I do to format and install an OS on it for proper use

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#1
October 2, 2012 at 03:22:10
Is this the only HD in your computer (it's not clear from your question)? If so you need a bootable CD (DVD, USB stick, whatever) containing the installation files for an operating system. The installation program will handle partitioning and formatting of the disk.

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October 2, 2012 at 03:28:40
Yes, it is the only hdd in the system with a USB mass storage which contains the OS intended. The USB was also detected in the Settings, but I could not extract anything from it at that point. I could not go to the C:/ prompt that may allow me change directory and access the OS from the mass storage facility. I still need your help. thanks. Seyi

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#3
October 2, 2012 at 03:36:23
it is the only hdd and a mass storage that contains the OS. I could not locate the c:/ prompt to access the mass storage to enable me install the OS

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#4
October 2, 2012 at 04:04:51
You won't get a C: prompt without an installed Operating System somewhere. You need, as I said, a bootable copy of the Operating System installation files on some device, normally a CD. The installation program will access the hard disk - you have no need to.

Of course, this may be affected by what OS you are trying to install (for example XP SP2 won't work as is with a SATA drive) and whether your installation media is a genuine copy in the case of a commercial OS.

It doesn't sound as if your USB device is bootable.


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#5
October 2, 2012 at 06:09:32
Exactly right. You have to boot off the OS disc (or USB device), then you have partition the HDD, then you can format & install the OS.

Is there some reason why you didn't list your system specs, or provide any info about the HDD or USB device, or tell us which OS you plan on installing?


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