Solved Windows 7 Install on a New Hard Drive

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April 29, 2014 at 06:16:23
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, 3500ghz 2.5gig
Hi Guy's

I'm about to install Win7 Ultimate on a brand new 1TB Weston Digital 7200 Hard Drive - Following my hoped for success i plan to divide the drive up for running Linux Distro's on a dual boot type of set up.

First off, do i need to get anything on the software front from WD? and will Win7 have the necessary drivers for graphics and sound included - the reason i ask is i know in the past when installing XP actually getting it to run something like right can take an age finding old MSI discs and the like.

Any help much appreciated.

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April 29, 2014 at 06:46:47
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As far as the drivers are concerned you won't really know until you try. Win7 is quite good at identifying a large number of drivers but there's always the possibility of the odd missing one. Ideally you want to check the motherboard manufacturer's website and at least get the Win 7 driver for the chipset, this often includes many other drivers within it. You won't need any software from WD unless you want to make use of their 'Smartware' diagnostic program.

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April 29, 2014 at 07:22:59
In general, the question is, "Was the hardware out before the Windows of choice?" If so, there's probably some sort of driver on the disk. If not, you'll probably have to gather them yourself.

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April 29, 2014 at 09:20:38
Cheers Lads,

Pretty much as i thought - I have changed many a HD but have often found that it has taken days to get everything into the required perspective - So was this time hoping to press on so as to put open SUSE and the likes of Mint to the test. No more dosh going to Microcash in this house if i can help it.

As for the system - I guess it goes back to about 2006 as that is the date on the single stick of .5gig ram.

Thanks for the reassurances guy's

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April 29, 2014 at 20:29:39
I prefer to download all needed drivers first and load them on a flash drive so as soon as the system is up, I load the drivers, update Windows, install AV, set preferences, and then you are nearly done. 30 minutes to an hour unless you do a full format rather than a quick format.

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