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Windows 7: Need help. Re installing Windows 7 to fix issues

02 Oct 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

As I stated earlier you don't need to wipe your HD's unless there are install problems which call for it. Just delete then format new partitions using the booted Win7 installation DVD.

Boot the Win7 DVD, choose Custom install, then use the Drive Options to delete all partitions on both HD's, create new partitions as you wish (take all the time you need to get them right), then format and install Win7 to the partition you create on the target HD which should be plugged into the first SATA port and appear as Disk0. Ignore the 100mb System Reserved partition which the installer will create when you use it to partition.

Following these steps will get you a Perfect Reinstall


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03 Oct 2011   #12
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yup, you don't need to diskpart unless its specifically needed... Not sure why theog keeps insisting on doing so, but whatever.
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03 Oct 2011   #13
theog

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If install to a dirty Hd Drive, your new install will be dirty.
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03 Oct 2011   #14
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Dirty? His HDD most likely isn't 'dirty', he just wants an install on one HDD only and to start fresh... No need for diskpart.
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03 Oct 2011   #15
theog

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Ok so my computer is having a lot of issues lately.

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What I would like to do its completely wipe the two drives and have the 320gb just run windows.

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i have windows 7 loaded on both hdd so they both need wiped.
Can you read the OP's posts.
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03 Oct 2011   #16
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yes, I can. And when he says wipe, he doesn't literally mean completely wipe it with diskpart, just a format. There are a lot of inexperienced people in computers, and a lot of them refer to wipe as in format (friends, people I know, people I help, ect.).
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03 Oct 2011   #17
theog

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If you format a dirty Hd Drive, you still have a dirty HD Drive.
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03 Oct 2011   #18
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

And are you 100% sure that his HDD is dirty or just assuming?
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03 Oct 2011   #19
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
If you format a dirty Hd Drive, you still have a dirty HD Drive.
Which is why you delete all partitions and then let Windows Setup create new ones as you install the OS. The only way that a partitionless drive with an MBR signature could be "dirty" is if any custom code is left over in track 0 (sectors 1 through 62), since only sector 0 is really used for the MBR and sector 63 is traditionally the start of the first partition (although in Windows 7 this will in fact be sector 2048 instead, for compatibility with SSDs).
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03 Oct 2011   #20
nickyoung

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Ok, without even reading all of the details above - here is what you need to do...

1. disconnect the 1 TB drive an put it aside...
2. leave the 320 plugged in
3. boot install windows, delete the partition, full format, done...
4. reconnect the 1TB drive as the slave / sata port 1 / w/e...
5. boot windows
6. see the 1TB drive show up as an extra drive - take your time to clean up the the 1 TB drive...if that means wiping it then so be it...

Bueno?
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