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Need help to format new hard drive

The hard drive on my laptop went bad, so I bought a new one, hooked it up and there is nothing there, i have a windows xp disk, but it will not download, how do I get the new hard drive to work?

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    Set your PC to boot from CD, this is done in the BIOS. When you boot from the CD the Windows installation will start and during that process (assuming you have the drive installed & configured correctly) Windows will format the drive.

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