Unless I am over looking something here posted above, I want to say that if a hard drive is new and contains no data, the Windows 7 OS will automatically do what is needed to make the drive write-able, in other words it is designed to automatically format the hard drive in the NTFS format before it installs the set up files needed to perform the installation of the complete operating system.
Boot to the Windows OS disk, it should find the hard drive automatically and offer that drive as an installation source and do the necessary formating before proceeding with the install.
There is no need to pre-format a hard drive with NTFS operating systems, this is only the case with FAT32 or FAT16 OSes.
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 2000 are NTFS file systems.
Windows 95, 98 and Windows ME are FAT32 Operating systems and require a DOS installation proceedure.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 25 July 2010 - 01:37 PM.