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Windows 7: How do i format system drive

24 Oct 2009   #1
ollie007

vista
 
 
How do i format system drive

How do i format system drive, from windows?

can i use command prompt?


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24 Oct 2009   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You want to format the drive that your operating system lives on? While you are running the operating system?
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24 Oct 2009   #3
sup3rsprt

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

You don't. If you did, it won't boot into Windows anymore.
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24 Oct 2009   #4
ollie007

vista
 
 

i need to format to install from second partition of laptop
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24 Oct 2009   #5
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Install what from the second partition of the laptop? Please explain what you are trying to do.
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24 Oct 2009   #6
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt View Post
You don't.
+1 You can't.

Either format the drive during a new installation, use a 3rd party tool like gpart or delete the partition from within another OS.
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24 Oct 2009   #7
ollie007

vista
 
 

can i stick a dos exe on the second partition to format the system disk?

i can call the windows 7 setup from the second partition now, but i need a clean format first
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24 Oct 2009   #8
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No, you can't. If you are running the OS, you cannot format the system partition. Windows won't let you.

Why not boot from the DVD installation disc?
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24 Oct 2009   #9
ollie007

vista
 
 

because i am hoping installing from hdd would be faster
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24 Oct 2009   #10
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ollie007 View Post
because i am hoping installing from hdd would be faster
Just install from the DVD.
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