Solved How do I format new 500GB SATA drive for a new Win7 Install?

December 28, 2011 at 17:22:16
Specs: Windows 7, 2GB
I have a new unformatted 500GB SATA Drive. How do I format it for Windows 7? Which format do I use and where do I find it? On Microsoft website maybe? I also have a new Windows 7 Ultimate install disk.It cannot find the SATA disk ince it is not formatted. I cannot find fdisk or format on the WIN 7 disk.

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#1
December 28, 2011 at 17:56:35
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You use the W7 CD, the bios must be set to boot from the CD first.

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#2
December 28, 2011 at 18:15:09
In more detail:
Set your BIOS to boot from CD/DVD drive first, before the hard drive.
Pun in the Install disk and start it (you may need to 'hit any key to boot from CD/DVD).
When the install starts, choose Custom, and then Partition/Format.
You should see raw or nonpartitioned space.
You will need to create one partition in order to install on. If you plan on one single partition, create that now, if you plan on multiple partitions, just create one for the install, the rest can me made later in disk manager.
Once you have the partition created, you need to format it to NTSF in order to install Windows 7 on it. Quick format should be fine for a new drive, the full format can take a couple of hours (depending the speed of the drive and the system) but may be of benefit for a recycled drive.
Once the format is done, proceed to install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
December 28, 2011 at 18:50:47
how to install w7

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#4
December 28, 2011 at 21:08:16
I cannot find fdisk or format on the WIN 7 disk.

You wont find Fdisk or Format because they are both MS-DOS commands and MS-DOS died with Windows 98. Things have moved on a bit since then.

AS stated above, it is all done from the Windows 7 installation disk.

Stuart


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#5
December 29, 2011 at 06:07:34
You do not need to format the drive. Just go on installing Win7, it will do the format for you automatically. The whole drive will be formatted in one big partition. After installation of Windows, you may decrease partition size from within Windows and create another partitions.

Formatting before installation is a thing of the past for new MS OSes.

CoolGuy


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#6
May 16, 2016 at 17:41:29
Can you have both NTFS and Fat32 on different partitions of a drive or can they both be on the same partition? I have a need for Fat32 on a hard drive on Windows 7 Home.

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#7
May 16, 2016 at 20:46:06
1- Start your own question. Hijacking someone else' is not proper and you may not get the best attention to your question.
2- Windows 7 must be on a partition that is NTFS but you can have another partition that is FAT32 and Windows 7 can access it (though storage is not as efficient and there are limits on partition size.
3- All Windows since XP have been on NTFS and Linux and Mac can now access NTFS partitions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
May 17, 2016 at 10:16:20
I have visited this site for years and should have realized that it would be High Jacking. Won't happen again. Apologies to all.

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