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Windows 7: If i delete hardrive will I be able to re-install windows 7

19 Nov 2011   #11
theog

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20 Nov 2011   #12
russellhyldon

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Toshiba HD Drive diagnostic tools

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Im even more confused as i cant find the tool for my hard drive

Also at the start of using deleting harddrive for windows re-installisation tutorial do i use the command prompt from the recovery programe
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20 Nov 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Please look at this tutorial for a clean install of Windows 7.

Clean Install Windows 7

Note also that you are not DELETING your hard drive, you are FORMATTING it.

Formatting a drive removes any existing partitions and hides any file placeholders before you carry out your clean install.
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20 Nov 2011   #14
russellhyldon

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Please look at this tutorial for a clean install of Windows 7.

Clean Install Windows 7

Note also that you are not DELETING your hard drive, you are FORMATTING it.

Formatting a drive removes any existing partitions and hides any file placeholders before you carry out your clean install.

The thing I need to do is delete the hardrive as possible malware is in my pc, the reason doing this is because when installing malwarebytes it will only load the programe and any updates download, but then "curupt file" flashes up and then the programe is unable to work, this also happend everytime i try to download of the internet, for example i tried to download firefox (off there offical site) it downloaded the file and "publisher unknown " popped up and then I ran the file anyway and the "curupt file" flashed up.
I have tried with recovery partition and recovery disks to re-install windows7 (it also reformats the harddrive) and everthing works fine untill i try to download and open anything off the internet.
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20 Nov 2011   #15
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by russellhyldon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
toshiba hd drive diagnostic tools

software utilities

im even more confused as i cant find the tool for my hard drive

also at the start of using deleting harddrive for windows re-installisation tutorial do i use the command prompt from the recovery programe
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20 Nov 2011   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by russellhyldon View Post
Also at the start of using deleting harddrive for windows re-installisation tutorial do i use the command prompt from the recovery programe
If you use a Windows installation disc (either purchased or from a burned ISO), you should not have to use a command prompt or get involved with the recovery program at all.

A reinstallation of Windows is a different process entirely than using the recovery program.

If the recovery program has failed to resolve your problems, you should look toward a reinstallation instead.

Go ahead and run the hard drive check that TheOG found. If you hard drive is OK and you have an installation disk, go with a new installation.
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20 Nov 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by russellhyldon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Please look at this tutorial for a clean install of Windows 7.

Clean Install Windows 7

Note also that you are not DELETING your hard drive, you are FORMATTING it.

Formatting a drive removes any existing partitions and hides any file placeholders before you carry out your clean install.

The thing I need to do is delete the hardrive as possible malware is in my pc, the reason doing this is because when installing malwarebytes it will only load the programe and any updates download, but then "curupt file" flashes up and then the programe is unable to work, this also happend everytime i try to download of the internet, for example i tried to download firefox (off there offical site) it downloaded the file and "publisher unknown " popped up and then I ran the file anyway and the "curupt file" flashed up.
I have tried with recovery partition and recovery disks to re-install windows7 (it also reformats the harddrive) and everthing works fine untill i try to download and open anything off the internet.
Using the recovery partition or the recovery disc should recover your system to its factory state and yes, you are correct, it does format your hard drive.

A clean install of Windows 7 enables you to delete your old partitions, create a new one for Windows, and then format it.

Which method you choose is up to you, but if done correctly should clean your computer of any malware or infection.
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20 Nov 2011   #18
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Note also that you are not DELETING your hard drive, you are FORMATTING it.

Formatting a drive removes any existing partitions and hides any file placeholders before you carry out your clean install.
*shudders* I hate to correct you here, and I never thought it would be necessary...but I'm a stickler for correct terminology.

So... Formatting is not removing partitions. That would be done by, well, deleting the partitions themselves or clearing the MBR partition table altogether, which is what DiskPart's clean does. (I believe it specificially zeroes out the first and last 2048 sectors of the entire disk, actually.)

Formatting applies to partitions and means creating a filesystem structure within a given partition - in the case of NTFS, creating basic MFT, reserved area, bitmap and other structures needed in order to read/write files.

A quick format does the above (and ignores any data already present on the partition - simply regarding it as unused clusters) - a full format does the above but first zeroes out the whole partition to truly clean it. This is similar to DiskPart's clean all, except that one of course wipes the entire disk and doesn't do anything else afterward.

Hope you're not offended
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21 Nov 2011   #19
gregrocker

 

If the same corruption remains after Factory Recovery I would consider MucAfee the prime suspect. It's the worst AV bloatware/crapware out there and constant source of problems we help solve here by replacing it. Uninstall and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast 6 which are recommended by most of us here.

HP Factory Recovery is still a heavy load on a lightweight OS. I'd consider finding a Win7 installer for your version to clean reinstall with the Product Key on COA sticker. Here's how to get it perfect: Reinstalling Windows 7
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21 Nov 2011   #20
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Note also that you are not DELETING your hard drive, you are FORMATTING it.

Formatting a drive removes any existing partitions and hides any file placeholders before you carry out your clean install.
*shudders* I hate to correct you here, and I never thought it would be necessary...but I'm a stickler for correct terminology.

So... Formatting is not removing partitions. That would be done by, well, deleting the partitions themselves or clearing the MBR partition table altogether, which is what DiskPart's clean does. (I believe it specificially zeroes out the first and last 2048 sectors of the entire disk, actually.)

Formatting applies to partitions and means creating a filesystem structure within a given partition - in the case of NTFS, creating basic MFT, reserved area, bitmap and other structures needed in order to read/write files.

A quick format does the above (and ignores any data already present on the partition - simply regarding it as unused clusters) - a full format does the above but first zeroes out the whole partition to truly clean it. This is similar to DiskPart's clean all, except that one of course wipes the entire disk and doesn't do anything else afterward.

Hope you're not offended
Oh dear, a senior moment. I am mortified.

A few missing words that on their own don't mean a lot, but taken in context do. My statement should have read "Formatting a drive removes any reference to data from existing partitions..................."

Thanks for correcting my mistake and there is no offence taken.
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