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Windows 7: Need to reformat HD without current functional os


09 Mar 2012   #1

xp pro 32
 
 
Need to reformat HD without current functional os

HD crashed, been replaced. local tech installed xp, never worked. found Windows 7 clean install info, but cant get past "sorry for the inconvenience" page. want to just reformat the hd, but have no actual working os. tried Killdisk, wouldnt work. what is a good boot disk/reformat disk i can download to start from scratch?


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09 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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09 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Partition Wizard is one that many of us use to partition a hard drive: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Just a thought, according to your specs, you're using Windows XP.

How do you think you're going to install Windows 7 without buying it first?
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09 Mar 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

What is the "Sorry for the inconvenience page?" Never heard of it. Please post back the verbatim error message.

WHere did you get Windows 7 and how do you plan to activate it? Did you burn the DVD or write to bootable flash stick yourself?
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10 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Partition Wizard is one that many of us use to partition a hard drive: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Just a thought, according to your specs, you're using Windows XP.

How do you think you're going to install Windows 7 without buying it first?
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10 Mar 2012   #6

xp pro 32
 
 

Came with win 7 installed. Ive got the product code on the computer. when the hd crashed i had the tech guy put xp in instead. the version he gave me hasnt worked properly from day 1. ive tried killdisk to reformat (didnt work), tried the bootable thumbdrive i made from the microsoft website, nothing works. Ive ordered the recovery disks from Acer, that's the next step. but right now Im not optimistic.
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10 Mar 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

In that case you can try these steps to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM
to get a superior install without the OEM bloatware and useless factory utilties which have much better versions built into Windows 7.

Boot the clean copy Windows 7 installer w/SP1 for your licensed version, delete all partitions and create your own or just click Next and the installer will do it for you.
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10 Mar 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you follow Greg's advice, there is no need to preformat the disk. But if you absolutely like to format the disk, the advice given with Partition Wizard bootable CD is a good option.

You can also do it from a Command Propmt (e.g. from your bootable stick) and define an active primary partition at the same time. That way the installer will not create a seperate active 100MB system partition. The commands are:

Diskpart
List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for the disk you want to format)
Create partition primary format=ntfs
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)
Exit
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