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Windows 7: formatting All partitions and reinstalling windows


18 Aug 2011   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
formatting All partitions and reinstalling windows

I need help.. due to some personal issues i need to completely reformat the whole HD.. and for some reason when i try to do it it only lets me format windows partition and i want EVERYTHING to be gone... how do i accomplish this???

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18 Aug 2011   #2
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Hello.


If you want to completely wipe secure erase the entire Hard Disk Drive for security purposes, have a look through the information (Method Two) in this tutorial at the link below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods


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18 Aug 2011   #3

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18 Aug 2011   #4

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I have a question... i noticed while i was trying to do all the steps you posted that my disk has a partition called OEM.. I researched about it and they said thats to restore the laptop to factory settings..

Does that mean that it fully wipes everything and reinstalls the version of windows that the laptop brought???
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18 Aug 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelmichu View Post
I have a question... i noticed while i was trying to do all the steps you posted that my disk has a partition called OEM.. I researched about it and they said thats to restore the laptop to factory settings..

Does that mean that it fully wipes everything and reinstalls the version of windows that the laptop brought???
YES, that the OEM Recoivery Partition, BUT the OEM is unknown to us. NO SPECS.
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18 Aug 2011   #6
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes a wipe will over-write (destroy) all data on the entire HDD, from your original post it seemed what you wanted, that's why I suggested it.

Have a look at this tutorial at the link below for another idea.


Clean Install : Factory COA Activation Key


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18 Aug 2011   #7
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Angel please tell us what make and model computer you have so we can give you the steps to run Factory Recovery from it's partition if it will run. You can also make Recovery Disks if you haven't already which are a backup method to running Recovery from partition.

Otherwise you can wipe the HD to clean reinstall but make your Recovery Disks first so you have a path back to factory condition. Reinstalling Windows 7
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18 Aug 2011   #8
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Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelmichu View Post
I have a question... i noticed while i was trying to do all the steps you posted that my disk has a partition called OEM.. I researched about it and they said thats to restore the laptop to factory settings..

Does that mean that it fully wipes everything and reinstalls the version of windows that the laptop brought???
In addition to your PC details, can you us what you have actually done so far.
If you have totally wiped the disk and it is a store bought PC (eg. HP, Acer etc) then you should order a set of factory recovery disks from the manufacturer unless you have already made a set of factory recovery disks.
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