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    Win8 Install on New Hard Drive


    Today I installed a new hard drive on my laptop. The drive was unformated, thought Win8 would walk me through formatting. Instead it formatted the hard drive automatically, pleasant surprise.

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    I guess Microsoft didn't want to waste anyone time no more in stopping and asking you to format the drive. I'm sure they saved 30 sec off the installation time
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    I bought an OEM hard drive (no install disc), was anticipating a hassle.
    Got a great deal, $45 320gb (no tax or ship charge).
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    Quote Originally Posted by aem View Post
    I guess Microsoft didn't want to waste anyone time no more in stopping and asking you to format the drive. I'm sure they saved 30 sec off the installation time
    And as we all know, time = money... so shave off the time, and you're saving money!

    It's nice to know that they format it for you during the installation, though. Very handy!
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    I don't like that. I like to see what they are doing to my setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post
    I don't like that. I like to see what they are doing to my setup.
    Why's that? I don't see what the big issue is about a drive format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beta View Post
    I don't like that. I like to see what they are doing to my setup.
    Why's that? I don't see what the big issue is about a drive format.
    What if it selects the wrong HD?
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    I think its a matter of assumptions. MS made the right assumption that somebody who was trying to install WDP on an unformatted hard disk would probably prefer everything done for them. One is free to partition per choice, then install. Different strokes for different folks.
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    So what you are saying is that on a new build I can not have all of my hard drives connected when I install Windows? Thats a pain.
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    When did I say that? But remember in SF we do advise people to keep other hard drives disconnected during install because of windows proclivity to place boot files on other disks. And again this is WDP, not RTM.
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