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How to install a brand new hard drive


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#1 Shinobi_32

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:30 AM

Hi,

 

I'm about to buy a new hard drive, to replace my old one, which got fried by my old motherboard (my fault), and as I've never replaced an internal boot drive before, just want to make sure i do it right first time.

 

The drive is an WD black 1tb 3.5" internal. So do i just plug this drive in, make sure it's detected in the bio's, and then install windows onto it from disk??

 

Is it that simple or is there something else i need to be doing before i install windows, such as formatting??

 

If i do need to format, whats the best way to do this considering i don't have an windows installation to work from? I do have a copy of Hirens boot disk though, but never used it before.

 

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 12:06 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

What media do you have for this antipated reinstall of Windows?

 

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 02:01 PM

System manufacturer and model?

 

What media do you have for this antipated reinstall of Windows?

 

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Hi Louis,

 

The PC is a custom build, which uses an 'Gigabyte GA-G41M-COMBO (Rev 2.0)' motherboard, DDR3 Ram, Socket 775.

 

I'll be installing Windows 7 Pro.

 

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

whats the best way to do this considering i don't have an windows installation to work from?

 

Could you elaborate on this part. How are you expecting to install windows 7, without a Windows 7 disk? Or do you have a Windows 7 disk?

 

I've never installed Windows 7, but I did recently install XP to a fresh Hard Drive. I installed the drive, put the Win XP cd into the CD rom, and multiple BSOD's  later figured out I needed to load a 3rd party driver to complete the install.

 

I am guessing that the particular issue I had isn't a problem with Win 7 though. You should be able to boot from the Win 7 CD and install to any Hard Drive that your system detects.

 

In order for the system to detect the drive, the data cable has to connect the drive to the motherboard, and a power connector has to be plugged into the drive from the power supply. Those cables are completely different for SATA drives or PATA (aka IDE) drives, so if you are confused as to what goes where you should do an image search for 'SATA connector' and 'PATA connector' until you figure it out, or post here with more specific info.

 

You should also check you CMOS settings, which is done by pressing a key while starting up. Exactly which key differs for each Bios chip manufacturer, which in turn depends on what model motherboard you have. It should say which key to press somewhere on the screen, during the power-up-self-test and before it attempts to boot into an OS. Press that key before booting the OS starts, and you will be able to see your CMOS settings (aka BIOS settings or system settings).

 

You will have to make sure that:

 

- your CD drive is first in the boot order, so it will boot off of your Win 7 CD (assuming you have one)

 

- your system has found the hard drive you installed, it will have data about it and you should be able to tell from the capacity it mentions whether it is the drive you installed, or maybe some other device you have connected.

 

once you are sure of those 2 things, save settings and exit CMOS. You should be booting from your CD, and it should take you right to the Windows 7 installation - unless the process is very different from an XP installation (I don't know why it would be though)



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Posted 29 April 2014 - 08:18 PM

You have to have a valid windows disc and license key, or you cannot install windows. Alternatively, you can download various versions of Linux for free and install linux instead.


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Posted 29 April 2014 - 09:21 PM

G'day Shenobi_32.....If I have understood your post you have a Windows Disc, and will also have the license key.

 

Have a read HERE ....and also HERE

....between the two sites you should get a clear idea of the course of action to take.

 

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:49 AM

Thanks for taking the time to reply guys. Yes i do have a copy of windows 7 on an disk. What i meant in my OP by the sentence 'If i do need to format, whats the best way to do this considering i don't have an windows installation to work from?' was that as i don't have a current version of windows installed and my old HDD is fried, i cannot access my new HDD through windows on another HDD to use diskkeeper or anything.

 

I guess more specifically what i would like to know is, do i need to format a brand new hard drive before i install windows 7 onto it??

 

Thanks :)


Edited by Shinobi_32, 30 April 2014 - 03:53 AM.


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Posted 30 April 2014 - 03:14 PM

A genuine Windows install DVD...takes care of formatting, creating partition for Windows, and installing Windows files.  There is no reason to format the drive using any other method than the Windows install DVD.

 

Tutorials With Screenshots, Installing Win 7

 

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