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New HD, installing Windows 8, can't format (and should I)?

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Hi all,

I am building a new PC and have a brand new SSD drive. I have just turned the PC on and booted from Windows 8.1 DVD. When I get as far as installing it asks me to select the HD and install - however I see there is an option to Format the HD as well, which may be good practice (even if the HD is new) - it is 120gb but it shows 119.2gb free.

However the format option is greyed out.

Is this normal - and does it matter? I figure formatting a new HD might be a good idea.

Thanks
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Can't format unless there is a partition. Windows will do it for you though so just pick the drive and let it run.
 
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Cheers.

And before installing Windows on the SSD, I have read I should check AHCI mode is enabled in the BIOS. Is there anything else you would recommend before installing Windows...?

Thanks again smile.gif
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Is there anything else you would recommend before installing Windows...?

    Just make sure that the SSD is plugged into the SATA0 port on the motherboard so that you don't have disk drive order problems when you connect HDDs later on. thumb.gif
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    Just make sure that the SSD is plugged into the SATA0 port on the motherboard so that you don't have disk drive order problems when you connect HDDs later on. thumb.gif

Thanks Techie - does the SATA port matter these days? I wasn't thinking about this and have connected my DVD drive to SATA0 and SSD (with OS) to SATA1. In my Bios I can rearrange the boot order, and so have put my SSD first, and the DVD drive second, and everything seems to be working fine.

Is there any reason to mess with this now?
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    Yes, it does matter because it will affect the device numbering order in Windows.  However, since the device you plugged into SATA0 is your DVD drive and not another HDD/SSD, you'll be fine.  Just make sure that no other storage drives are plugged into a lower numbered port than the boot drive and you'll be fine. thumb.gif
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