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how should I initiate this drive?

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I just got a new WD6401AALS for my dad. I have win 7, he has xp due to his laser engraver driver. Do I need to worry about the alignment of this drive? Should I use the WD acronis tools to initialize the drive and what OS should I use if I plan on installing xp on it?

I forgot if you can install windows onto a fresh drive or do you need to initialize and partition it first? I for got if win xp or win 7 does this?

also If I am going to install XP on it should I just plug it into my dads xp machine and do it all there or if I use it for the first time on my win 7 machine will it align it for win 7?

I just read some stuff about alignment and my other drives aren't aligned I am confused and paranoid about it all now with new hard disks I just want to do it right the first time.
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just plug in and install the OS.
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I have honestly never ever heard anything about aligning hard drives... lol

Just plug it in and go
    
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now when installing win7,it will create it's own 100mb. partition.
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