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I installed a new 180gb hard drive and it asks for a;\ and icant get to install -set up or run

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This is because the old formating would ask for a floppy drive, i assume that this is the only drive you have fitted, so you have to use the windows cd to format and instal, if you do not know how to use the old format 'C' type formating in DOS

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I quit using Windows many years ago.

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