Unable to read partition table

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Unable to read partition table

directivo died so i'm starting with brand new empty drive.

 per instantcake instructions...

1. burned cake to cd

2. put cd rom on primary slave

3. put brand new drive on secondary master

4. boot to cd rom

goes through about 3 pages of text ... shows CDrom, shows hard drive with correct size of 320 gigs

 stops on "unable to read partition table"

 do i have to format drive first?

do i have to give some kind of mount command?