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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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Code:

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