Replacing a Dell Precision 690 hard drive

I have a Dell Windows 7 disk. Do I need to run anything on the hard drive, before running the Windows installation? The former hard rive crashed and I ordered this one from Dell a while ago. Just didn't have the time to install it till now. Computer is out of warranty.
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
Check the BIOS and confirm the SATA mode is set to AHCI.

Then just boot the Windows 7 DVD and let it do the install.    That's all you need to do.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
how big is the drive?  i see the product details on this system and is dated 2006 and shows supported capacity of up to 750gb
you don't need to run anything before the install
What i do during the install, is make sure all existing partitions are deleted
here a very nice guide for a fresh install :

but what Dell disk do you have ?  a factory reset disk ?  or a specific install disk for your PC (this can contain drivers and software also)
bobox00Author Commented:
Thanks much for all your comments.
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