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Windows 7: How do I do a full format before installing Windows 7 (bad sectors)

15 Jun 2016   #1
Qualtrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How do I do a full format before installing Windows 7 (bad sectors)

So I'm not able to boot into my Windows 7 Ultimate due to bad sectors (ran a check disk from the installation on my USB but it failed on the 5th step which leads me to this conclusion).
All I know is that Windows 7 installation doesn't have a full format option.

At the moment of typing this I'm trying to do a full format with Windows XP setup to map out bad sectors, but for some reason the full format is stuck on 32% (impotant to note I'm doing this with an external hard drive, reason is it's an old one and has only 75 GB so I use it just like any other USB stick, and yes I have previously used it to install Windows).

So what I want help on here is the following:
1. Is there any more efficient way of doing this?
2. What are possible problems with the XP format being stuck on 32%?
3. Even if I succeed with formating through the XP install will the Windows 7 installation still reset the Master File Table (MFT) and use the bad sectors in the Freshly installed Windows 7?

Information I missed to share:
-I'm doing this because I'm not doing well money wise at the moment and this is just a temporary solution and it's important to me because my computer is my main source of fun and I use it day to day for work.
-I know that if a HDD starts going bad it will eventually fail.
-I found this article: Page Start (has multiple pages)
But I'm not too sure if I should experiment that much and have never used those tools before, so I decided to ask for help because I'm afraid of messing up.
-Quick formats did not fix the problem, but I will tell my pet potato to keep trying if necessary.

Sorry for the giant wall of text, any help will be gladly accepted and thank you in advance!

Stay awesome


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15 Jun 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do what you want.

A hard drive with bad sectors should be thrown in the trash.

https://www.partitionwizard.com/part...otable-cd.html

But... any windows install dvd can do a full format.
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15 Jun 2016   #3
Qualtrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You can make and use a Partition Wizard Boot CD to do what you want.

A hard drive with bad sectors should be thrown in the trash.

https://www.partitionwizard.com/part...otable-cd.html

But... any windows install dvd can do a full format.
Thank you for giving a possible solution, will try and do my research on it ^.^

Btw so far I found a lot of discussions saying that Windows 7 Setup can't do full formats only a quick one.
Also added more info in the thread while you answered.
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15 Jun 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What you may be talking about is a low level format, which is done at the factory.

If you want to wipe the drive you can run the clean all command using diskpart.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Full Format Hard Drive with Windows 7 Boot Disc

Tech Myth #2 Quick Format vs. Full Format | ExtremeTech

The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]
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15 Jun 2016   #5
Qualtrox

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What you may be talking about is a low level format, which is done at the factory.

If you want to wipe the drive you can run the clean all command using diskpart.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Full Format Hard Drive with Windows 7 Boot Disc

Tech Myth #2 Quick Format vs. Full Format | ExtremeTech

The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained]
I own a HGST HDD from Hitachi (can't check exact model due to XP still formatting)

Found out about HGST Drive Fitness Test, but I don't know if it has a low level format option like some other manufacturers have on their official tools.

Don't know if there are any universal ones, even if I searched for some still wouldn't have a clue which to trust.
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