Format New Hard Drive?


#1

Just a newb question. Just got my new RMA HD, waiting on Windows 7 to come in. Should I format this HD before I load Windows, or is it ok just to go ahead and load up OS?


#2

I recommend simply selecting the drive to install Windows on to and Windows will partition and format it for you. You can optionally do it manually during Windows setup.


#3

Thanks for the reply. Will do this.


#4

I assume you have already installed Windows 7 on your new HDD, but for the benefit of anyone else reading this post and in similar circumstances, if you decide to partition your disc for Windows 7 using the manual option, you have to make the partition large enough to fit the Windows 7 files into, plus I added another 500Mb to fit future updates and fixes into.

On my desktop pc, I made the partition size 2,500Mb which is enough for the job.

David Grieve