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Windows 7: How do i use the windows 7 DVD to JUST format a HDD?

25 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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You can do this during the XP installation. You don't need the 7 DVD to do it.
But he probably want's to do just the formatting part itself with the Windows 7 DVD just for the fun of it.

But i don't think it's possible, you ether use the XP disc or you just download a distro of Linux that lets you do it.
This might not be possible anymore, but in the "old days", you could go to the DOS Shell and just type FORMAT C: Does that still work?
Not without an operating system

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25 Oct 2009   #12

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

May as well get a decent free partition manager - it's always handy- free one here - installer and boot disc- works great on 7 32 and 64 bit .

Daft not to get it.

Free Download Partition Wizard

While you are at it - get a great free disk/partition imaging program - ( you can run off a boot disc from within that with lots of useful stuff).

http://www.sevenforums.com/software/...p-paragon.html

BTW - you can boot the 7 dvd to system recovery options command prompt and use Diskpart - A 3rd party partition manager is easier and has more options.
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25 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 RC 64bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by infested999 View Post

But he probably want's to do just the formatting part itself with the Windows 7 DVD just for the fun of it.

But i don't think it's possible, you ether use the XP disc or you just download a distro of Linux that lets you do it.
This might not be possible anymore, but in the "old days", you could go to the DOS Shell and just type FORMAT C: Does that still work?
Not without an operating system
Windows 98 boot disk...
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25 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Surely just boot from the 7 DVD and then get to the part where it lists the partitions, click Advanced and then Format the right partition? After doing that just cancel the Windows 7 installation. Or am I missing the question?
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25 Oct 2009   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Why would he mess about with a win98 boot disc - he has the 7 dvd , and 3rd party apps. - free ones are easier to use and offer more options.

Yes, you can do that - or boot 7 dvd to the command prompt and type Diskpart.

If you haven't tried it, open a cmd within windows - just to see what it does , type Diskpart /help.
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26 Oct 2009   #16

 
 

And everyone on earth should have a copy of this laying next to their computer, even if you never use it

UBCD
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