So I need to install Windows on my Hard Drive and I'm trying to use Ubuntu to reformat the HDD to NTFS. These are the steps I will take:

  • Create a bootable USB with Ubuntu
  • Boot from USB
  • ???
  • Remove USB, now boot with my Windows install disc.

The third step is where I'm confused. Once I boot from USB, how do I make the HDD into NTFS? I did a google search and I'm pretty confused with the results. I really don't want to mess up the HDD.

What do I do after?

  • If you simply want to install Windows and overwrite anything on the hdd, you do not need to reformat, just choose the appropriate option during windows install.
    – To Do
    Mar 4, 2014 at 22:18
  • @ToDo I tried, it said it wasn't NTFS.
    – user254799
    Mar 4, 2014 at 22:23
  • There's an advanced option somewhere that permits you to create a new partition table and a new NTFS partition. Don't remember the details. You must press an F? key at some point. Sorry for this sketchy instruction.
    – To Do
    Mar 4, 2014 at 22:25

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Open GParted and use this option:

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  • I assume I have to install this after I boot the usb?
    – user254799
    Mar 4, 2014 at 21:54
  • This program is implemented in ubuntu live ;)
    – Pioxis
    Mar 4, 2014 at 21:59

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