Instructions for using Windows to format and partition your hard drive when installing the operating system on a boot drive.
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- Insert the Windows disc into the CD-ROM / DVD drive/USB flash drive.
- Power down the computer.
- Mount and connect the Serial ATA hard drive.
- Power up the computer.
- Choose language and region and then to Install Operating System.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and click Next.
- Click on Install Windows and follow on-screen prompts.
- During the installation check is the driver is list as unallocated with the respective capacity listed (see example) or if the drive is partitioned, when selecting the partition to install Windows, make sure it has the required capacity to proceed with proper installation.
- If you want to delete a partition, Click on Drive options (advanced)
- Highlight the partition you want to delete, click on Delete and on Next, when a prompt message appears click OK.
- At this point the partition will show as Unallocated Space and is ready to proceed with Windows installation.