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Windows 7: FUll format vice Quick Format


02 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
FUll format vice Quick Format

I recently loaded windows 7 Professional on my XP machine. Is there any way I can do a full format instead of what I assume must just be a quick format. I remember on XP that during the load process it asked you if you wanted to do a full format. Am I missing something here?

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02 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

If you are formatting from Disk Management, there should be a box that says Perform a quick format. If you are formatting from My Computer, there should be a box labeled Quick Format.

I'm not sure why yours doesn't have this. Could you please take a snip of the format dialogue with the Snipping tool found in the start menu?

Attach it to your next post by clicking on the paperclip icon.

Thanks,
~JK
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03 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

OK, I guess what my question really is: When you are installing Windows 7 upgrading from WIndows XP, you must choose "Custom" mode correct? When you choose that option, your hard disc gets formatted. Is ut getting a "Full Format" or just the "Quick Format"?
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03 Feb 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

You can always use a third party program like gparted to do a full format before installing Windows 7.
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03 Feb 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There is only one difference between quick and full (other than speed), full does a disk check at the same time while the quick doesn't.

This is from XP but the same still applies to Windows 7 and Vista,

Differences between a Quick format and a regular format during a "clean" installation of Windows XP
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03 Feb 2010   #6

windows 7 Home premium 32 bit
 
 

as stormy13 said you have to use 3rd party software

best one to use is hard drive manufactures - then you can choose format you wish - best install i have done
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03 Feb 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cohomojo View Post
I recently loaded windows 7 Professional on my XP machine. Is there any way I can do a full format instead of what I assume must just be a quick format. I remember on XP that during the load process it asked you if you wanted to do a full format. Am I missing something here?
1) Boot DVD. (Vista or Win 7)

2) Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)

Type in command line

FORMAT C:

EXIT


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04 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I'll give that a try...One of the reasons I was questioning the need to do full format was, on my Dad's computer and my computer, the Antivirus, Symantec Endpoint Protection was not fully supported by win 7. I got the newest edition the other day which is supported and loaded it. It worked fine for me just loading over the top of the old one. My Dad ran into problems and it would not work. I forgot the error he was getting, but anyway, he tried to uninstall Symantec Endpoint Protection and reinstall the newer version...that did not work...so he decided to just reload windows. After windows reloaded, he tried to install Symantec Endpoint Protection and still got the same error.
He finally loaded Windows XP after doing a FULL Format, then did the custom install to get Windows 7 loaded and was able to load Endpoint Protection just fine. Who know, this was weird. I figured it was because Windows 7 didn't really format the the h/d first.
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04 Feb 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

On the first attempt at reloading Windows 7 it sounds more like he tried to do a repair or upgrade install instead of a clean install,

Clean Install Windows 7

which won't format the drive, it just installs over the top of what is already there.
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