i couldn't find a topic on this, please direct me to one if there is so my problem. i'm trying to install win7 pro 64bit onto a new hdd (WD 1.5tb). beginngin few attempts. i didn't format or partition through xp. just pluged it in (unplugged my xp hdd) put the win7 disc in. it goes past the "windows is loading", goes past the pretty blinking lights that turns into the windows logo. and then just gets stuck on a blank, black screen. no cursor, but my keyboard and mouse are lit up. i left it for abt 20mins system spec: intel i7 920 cpu 9600gt nvidia asus pt6 deluxe v2 mobo 6gb ram next couple (million) attempts, i had formatted and partitioned the new hdd through diskmgmt in xp. unplugged the xp hdd. tried installing, same result. then i took the new hdd to my brother's comp (i7 920 cpu, n260gtx msi gfx, gigabyte ultra durable 3 mobo, 4gb ram), unplugged his xp hdd. i got a a pretty blue screen, with a little green bird on the side, there was a cursor. it spun for abit. cursor was movable. but the screen was just stuck there. i left it for abt 5mins but nothing... anyone know what the problem is? my copy of win7 is an iso i dl from the msdn site/program update: it got to installing on my brother's computer. but then it got stuck at expanding windows files (0%). anyways i've given up for now as i have to study for exams. but i read around that installing it from a usb instead of a disc works. so i might give that a try later too. does anyone have any idea as to why it won't even get to the pretty blue screen with the bird on my computer, or even load the cursor? and do you think it'll affect win7 if i do get it successfully installed onto the hdd from my brother's computer, and then move the hdd back to my own computer?