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post #1 of 8
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So I am ready to built mom a rig. I am going to use this hdd in it and would like to know how to format it after installed in the chassis. Can someone please provide the steps on how to get the PC to work after a new setup? To my understanding, all I have to do is physically put the PC together, then boot up, and there would be directions on screen?

Also, when should I insert the Operating System CD?
post #2 of 8
WEll, all you have to do is get the rig put together and after that make sure it turn on. If it will boot put the windows CD in and turn the rig off. You may want to into the bios and make sure it is set to boot from the cd dive.
When you turn it back on it should boot from the cd and it will ask you if you would like to reformat the drive in fat32 or NTFL not sure if NTFL is right, but you will see what I mean. Format for NTFL and then follow all the along for the install.
After the install load the drivers for the MB and turn it off again. Reboot and load the rest of the drivers.
Good luck and it will take a few hours to have it running at full speed
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You need to format it when intsalling windows to the whole computer, so formating will cause you too reinstall windows

put the cd in after you put it all together and turns on
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Thanks guys, actually I just found a FAQ on it http://www.overclock.net/faqs/45081-...ve-little.html. But any more advice would be appreciated
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No problem , and i suggest you take the normal Formating because the fats formatting, i think, isnt that safe for the HDD's life
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post #6 of 8
Ok basically:

You don't need to format a new HD once in the computer, it's allready completey blank. To put the OS on it, hook it all up with the IDE cables and 4 pin power and insert your OS CD into the CDROM and boot up. Load into bios and select your first boot device as your CDROM. Then restart. When you boot upon restart it will say "Press any key to boot from CD" Then press and key and follow the instructions that appear on the screen. This will take about 30-40 minutes and then you will restart again. Then you can change your first boot decive back to your HD and boot up into Windows.

That is the basic instructions, hope it works.
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post #7 of 8
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Ok I'm formatting the new HDD and trying to install Windows XP right now on the new rig I built mom. From this site http://www.buildeasypc.com/sw/windows_xp.htm

The instructions after formatting the HDD:

10. After this is complete the computer will restart. Leave the XP CD in the drive but this time DO NOT press any key when the message "Press any key to boot from CD" is displayed. In few seconds setup will continue.

Should I leave the CD in or should I take it out and go into BIOS and select "boot from HDD?"

EDIT\\\\ Nevermind, I got it.
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Well what I do is go into to dos and type format C: i think it is and after it fomats i put in the disk and restart the computer and it goes to setup. If that is a bad way somebody please tell me.
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