Do I Have To Format A New Hard Drive Before Installing Vista 64 ?

I just installed a new wd 1tb black hard drive into a new system. I installed vista 64 without doing any type of format. Was i supposed to format the drive before installing the os?

Or does it automatically use ntfs?

Just want to find out right away so i can redo it if necessary.

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This does not work with xp, so dont ask.command for copying vista (or 7) dvd to flash drive

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Out of niceness, i quote pyeti and naelex's alternate method. This one is rather noob friendly, but requires a third party program. This method works for xp!


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