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Windows 7: Clean Install: Which Hard Drive do I choose?

22 Dec 2010   #1
jughead633

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Clean Install: Which Hard Drive do I choose?

I'm doing a clean install on my computer, and it's going alright until it asks me to choose which hard drive I want to install Windows 7 on.
Apparently I have 2: a C drive and a D(Recovery) drive.

What should I do in this situation? Should I just install on the C drive, or should I do what it says here:
Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

and delete the partitions and create a new one.

Help me out, thanks.


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22 Dec 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Is the recovery D: drive from a factory install computer ?
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22 Dec 2010   #3
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

If you want a ture clean install, I would delete the partitions and create new ones.

Note: Make sure you have all the data you need OFF the drive before you delete the partitions. -WS
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22 Dec 2010   #4
jughead633

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Yes, it's factory install.

Okay, so just follow the instructions in the link then?


EDIT:: And by data what do you mean? I have all the files (word documents, pictures, music) that I want to keep and put it on an external hard drive. Is there other stuff I need too?
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22 Dec 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

If you want to ever get back to a factory first install then keep the D; recovery.

How are you doing the new install? By DVD ?
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22 Dec 2010   #6
jughead633

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I believe so, it's an upgrade disk from HP.

I want to do a clean install so I don't have all the bloatware from HP. My computer is cluttered as it is, so it would be good for a fresh start.
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22 Dec 2010   #7
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jughead633 View Post

EDIT:: And by data what do you mean? I have all the files (word documents, pictures, music) that I want to keep and put it on an external hard drive. Is there other stuff I need too?
Yep, copy or move, documents, pictures, music, videos, software (??), favorites, (outlook, email, contacts, etc {if you use it}) to an external drive. -WS
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22 Dec 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Here are tips on getting a perfect reinstall to avoid factory bloatware: re-install windows 7
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