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Old 05-23-2018, 10:22 PM   #1
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I recently had a C:/ drive failure. I have installed the replacement, however on attempting to install Win 7, computer says drive is not correctly formatted.
Is there a way I can format the drive on board as is?
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Old 05-24-2018, 01:21 AM   #2
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Windows should prompt you to format the drive during the setup process.

While the Setup is running, do you see a phase where it populates your Disk information and provides an option to create partitions ?

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Boot off of the Windows Installer. Choose your Language and then choose Custom Install. On Where to Install Windows, choose Drive Options. A brand new drive should not be initialized and be all Unallocated Space. If not, Delete all partitions so the drive is all Unallocated Space, now go Next. Windows should initialize the drive, Create partitions and Format them during the install, you shouldn't have to do anything.
If for some reason it still gives that message, you may need to Initialize the drive in Diskpart from the Command Prompt. Then continue with the install.
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