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I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives listed.

What does this imply? Has the hard disk crashed?

edit: I had windows 7 installed, I am trying to install windows 7 again, and ya i get the option of only startable portions etc etc, but the thing is its not showing even a single optiona t all, be it eligible to put windows 7 in it or not, there is no god damn option there, so my q is , why is this so?

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1. Does the Computer have an Operating System Running? 2. Which file system is the Disk formatted with? 3. Which tool are you using to format the computer? 4. Which Operating System will you load after formatting? –  aliasgar Aug 22 '12 at 17:46
    
What version of Windows are you installing? –  Mokubai Aug 22 '12 at 17:51
    
Have you verified the drive is connected properly and has power? Is the drive recognized by the BIOS? –  CharlieRB Aug 22 '12 at 18:00
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Do you need drivers for a raid controller that the drive is attached to? –  Darth Android Aug 22 '12 at 18:40
    
try the q now gyus –  168335 Aug 22 '12 at 19:52
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depending on how you formatted the drive, you may have missed setting one of the partitions as "startable". you can only install to 'startable' partitions.

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added info tot he q, you might want to have a look –  168335 Aug 22 '12 at 19:53
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