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10 Apr 2010   #1

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How to Format Windows 7 to have empty C:

Hello

im new on the forum, and i will ask probably only this one question.

Im selling my old laptop that has right now Win 7 on it, i will sell him with blank disks. And as i hawe ne experiance with windows 7 i dont know how to format disk C:

Please help or give me a link on forum with answer..

Sorry for dumb question, but im new and as newbie the forum is for me immense


Thank you

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10 Apr 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

try the partition wizard boot disk

Partition Wizard is a Magic Server Partition Manager Software for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7.

You will find that Windows 7 does not allow you to format the system drive (C)
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10 Apr 2010   #3
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Have a look at this one: Active@ Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format. It can be operated from a bootable CD. http://www.killdisk.com/bootablecd.htm
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10 Apr 2010   #4

windows 7
 
 

Again me

I need to wipe the drive, i read some aticles on forum

I Want To Sell My Laptop...

thats my situation

but answers are welcome
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10 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Answers were already provided. Did you read the information at the links given?
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10 Apr 2010   #6

windows 7
 
 

Thanks alot
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10 Apr 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Bero, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you can use the Clean All command in a command prompt at boot to completely wipe the hard drive without the need for a 3rd party program.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Apr 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

Is there only one Hard Drive in the machine? If so you'll need to run the Diskpart CLEAN command from Windows 7 or Vista install DVD.

Boot the DVD, select Repair on second screen, click through to Recovery Tools list to open a Command Line, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (replace # with # given for your Windows 7 HD)
CLEAN ALL
EXIT

This is the deepest clean. if the disk is large it will take hours. If you don't want to wait remove the word "ALL" from Command.

Edit: The commands are explained more fully in Brink's tutorial just posted
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10 Apr 2010   #9
whs

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Bero, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition, you can use the Clean All command in a command prompt at boot to completely wipe the hard drive without the need for a 3rd party program.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I wonder how this works if you apply it to C.
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10 Apr 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bero View Post
Hello

im new on the forum, and i will ask probably only this one question.

Im selling my old laptop that has right now Win 7 on it, i will sell him with blank disks. And as i hawe ne experiance with windows 7 i dont know how to format disk C:

Please help or give me a link on forum with answer..

Sorry for dumb question, but im new and as newbie the forum is for me immense


Thank you
If you find that you can't "clean yourself" using DiskPart, then
Make yourself a system repair disk,
boot from the system repair disk
If you get a screen with two radio buttons shown, choose the default (top) one.

Now choose Command Prompt from that menu.

Now you will be able to use Diskpart to CLEAN ALL

What happens is that the repair disk has installed a mini version of Windows 7 into ram and made that area a ram drive with the letter of X:


CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISK
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disk button

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