After several years of different installs of many different versions of windows, I have found one of my favorite things to do is pre-format a hard drive before I do a clean install. Several ways, set it up as a slave on a current computer & format it, use a 3rd party format program on a CD or DVD on a newly built computer. But a really neat way is the the USB Tri-Head adapter. It plugs in a USB port, has connections for IDE (laptop or desktop HD) & a Sata connector. You just need a power source for the IDE & Sata desktop HD's. Plug into your current computer. It finds the HD. Use Disk Management & locate the HD & format it. Then it is ready to go with the fewest problems when you do your new clean install " Doc "