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Hard drives were given to me. I do not have old mobo or raid card nor can I find out what old system was. I was able to get data off drive using mini xp on Hirens. Drive has been formatted with western digital life tools and mini xp. Spinrite will see drive but not run. Gparted will format drive as well. Linux will see and install on hard drive but I cannot install windows on the drive. Windows 7 will see the drive in disk management but cannot initialize. Does anyone have a solution?

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Which error do you get when you try to initialise the disk from windows 7? Did you try a diskpart clean (Start, run, diskpart, select disk x. Make sure you have the right disk selected, clean) –  Hennes Apr 10 '13 at 9:08
    
A drive removed from a raid system is just a plain old stand-alone drive. On the surface there should be no issue with formatting it again and installing Windows to it. The key will be the errors generated as per the comment above. Also knowing the type of drive (IDE/SATA/SCSI) will be beneficial. –  Chris E. Avis Apr 10 '13 at 14:52

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