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Windows 7: Formating in Win7 (Full Format)


05 Oct 2009   #1

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Formating in Win7 (Full Format)

Hey, I have recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my pc. When I installed I was only given the option to do a quick format. I'm am not concerned about the pro's/con's of either method, I would just like to know how to do a full format in Windows 7.

Thanks,

Marty.

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05 Oct 2009   #2

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I've searched everywhere for a solution to this, but can not find a thing. It seems that quite a few people are having this same problem, with seemingly no real resolutions at hand.
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05 Oct 2009   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marty View Post
Hey, I have recently installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my pc. When I installed I was only given the option to do a quick format. I'm am not concerned about the pro's/con's of either method, I would just like to know how to do a full format in Windows 7.

Thanks,

Marty.
What do you mean by "full format" ?

How to format a physical hard drive, or only a single partition ?

Zero everything first, then do an HDD format ?

""pro's/con's"" of what ?
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05 Oct 2009   #4

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What do you mean by "full format" ?

By 'full format', I mean a normal format, as opposed to a 'quick format'.

How to format a physical hard drive, or only a single partition ?

I will be formatting a whole drive, with two partitions.

Zero everything first, then do an HDD format ?

??

"pro's/con's"" of what ?

Not really interested in the pros and cons of normal vs quick format types.
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05 Oct 2009   #5

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marty View Post
How to format a physical hard drive, or only a single partition ?

I will be formatting a whole drive, with two partitions.

Zero everything first, then do an HDD format ?

??
I see...

To format the entire physical disk drive,
you might want to look into the Windows 7 included utility "diskpart".
He does some formatting stuff.

To create the 2 partitions afterwards, you can also do that using the Windows 7 utility "diskpart".
He does 'partition-creation' stuff.

To get there, you have to get into a 'Command Prompt' from Windows 7.

Then type : diskpart

When you see the prompt:
_______DISKPART>

type in: help format
(for the "formatting stuff") or,

type in: help create
(for the partition-creation' stuff)...

Quote:
When finished gathering info from the 'diskpart' utility,

Type: exit

Then type: exit __________ again, to exit CmdPrompt, and get back to Windows

That should be enough to get you started....

Be careful though, you really have to know what you're doing, when working with the 'diskpart' utility...
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05 Oct 2009   #6

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So do I access the cmd prompt during the Windows 7 setup, so OS, or anything else for that matter, is not running from the hdd at the time?
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05 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

When you booted up to Windows 7 setup screen, Hit SHIFT+F10 to bring up a Command Prompt. From there you can use diskpart.
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05 Oct 2009   #8

Win7
 
 

Cool cool. Also, excuse my ignorance in this matter but, do I format the entire drive then partition, or partition and then format each partition individually? Blaah, that's a mouthful.

Thanks very much for you help also, it's much appreciated.
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05 Oct 2009   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marty View Post
What do you mean by "full format" ?

By 'full format', I mean a normal format, as opposed to a 'quick format'.

How to format a physical hard drive, or only a single partition ?

I will be formatting a whole drive, with two partitions.

Zero everything first, then do an HDD format ?

??

"pro's/con's"" of what ?

Not really interested in the pros and cons of normal vs quick format types.
Got to Disk Management right click the partition you want to Full Format, un-check 'perform quick format' then follow instruction from there.

You do know this will wipe out everything that is on the partition?
If it's your OS partition, it will be completely gone.

Follow logicearth's advice to format during installation using diskpart.

Make sure you understand chuckr's suggestion:
Quote:
Be careful though, you really have to know what you're doing, when working with the 'diskpart' utility...
This is not the time to try and learn diskpart.
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05 Oct 2009   #10

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Marty View Post
So do I access the cmd prompt during the Windows 7 setup, so OS, or anything else for that matter, is not running from the hdd at the time?
Since you have Windows 7 already installed, and you just want to "know how" to do a 'full format',

those 2 'diskpart' HELP commands will tell you how to do a 'full format'.

Beyond that, anything else is beyond the scope of helping you to "know how".

(You're now getting into: "know when", and "how to", etc.)

You might want to start a new thread, stating exactly what it is you're looking for, or want to do...
Hope this helped...
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