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Installing Windows on new PC with Sata hard drive with no operating system installed

My son has just bought a new PC with a Sata hard drive. When I start it, an error message says press any key to boot, but this keeps repeating. I've gone into the Bios and changed the boot drive to a Windows CD but it does not run it, neither will it go to the C:/ prompt

I'm wondering do I need to format the drive first and if so how when I can't get it to the C:/ prompt?

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  • Stephen Cord Feb 22, 2008

    http://fdisk.radified.com/ does not seem to refer to Sata drives. Are they treated the same?



    I'm trying to install Windows XP Pro from CD, but pressing a key just repeats the error message

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Press any key to boot...

usually that comes up when a cd is inserted and its waiting for you to press a key so that it boots the cd

Formatting shouldn't be necessary if its a new pc unless your trying to get rid of the operating system.

Are you trying to install windows xp / vista ?

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

  • Macrin Sosa
    Macrin Sosa Feb 22, 2008


    forgot to ask

    is the hard drive recognized in the bios ?

    if it is

    have you tried using the hard drive manufacturer format utility


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    Macrin Sosa Feb 22, 2008

    try going to this website
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.h...

    Download the exe.zip or iso file

    and then write the iso file to cd
    using imgburn or any other program

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New hard drives you have to fdisk and then format
http://fdisk.radified.com/

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

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    Cary Farah Feb 22, 2008

    sorry i didnt see sata..
    when you tell bios to boot you need it to boot from the cdrom

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