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Windows 7: Unable to format drive


04 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Unable to format drive

I have a dell 1545 inspiron and I am trying to format all the drives and do a clean install of vista until I get windows 7 pretty soon. I am doing a clean install because I found a rootkit (gecko-crash) when I ran a housecall online scan. I was able to format the F drive which was vista recovery drive. But D is a system drive and contains some system files, some of which I don't recognize and one folder is titled 'Boot'. I can copy other files to D(which means viruses can copy themselves to it) and I have to format it because it might be infected as well but can't be formatted.. I keep getting 'can't format D system drive' messages.

Btw I have ran spyware doctor scan, online housecall scan and nothing has showed up. But the system was kinda slow and I have to do a clean install now. Any ideas?

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04 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Do a clean install, when you get to the choice, clean install, upgrade or advanced options, choose advanced. You can format and change or delete partitions.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
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04 Jul 2010   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Are you using the Dell recovery DVD'?
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04 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

One way is to download and run DBAN (Darrick's Boot and Nuke). Run it against each drive you want to wipe. You only need to let it run for a minute or so on each as all that is needed is to wipe out track 0 which makes the drive raw and unallocated.

DBAN comes as an iso image that use use to create a bootable CD from. A nice, free program to do this is ImgBurn.

Once that's done, boot your Vista install DVD, partition each drive as you want then install.

Or ... simply boot your Vista Install DVD and take the Custom path and format each drive/partition as wanted.

See here: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows Vista
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04 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I am using vista dvd which came with the laptop. First of all I think D is the boot drive and might contain Dell-specific boot sequence files and deleting them might mess up the system?

Second when I choose 'advanced' in installation.. then I would have a choice to either install it on C or D drives(two drives left in my computer after formatting others). I would like to choose C but I guess I have to first format D and then restart and go again for C. Sounds complicated but I hope I am making sense and hope it works somehow.
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04 Jul 2010   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Do a clean install, when you get to the choice, clean install, upgrade or advanced options, choose advanced. You can format and change or delete partitions.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
Follow richc46 good advice.
but use this tutorial:
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista - Vista Forums

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...tallation.html
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04 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Would deleting D drive affect my dell laptop? I mean D drive might have boot system files that might be dell-specific like the dell graphics show up on startup etc... Don't know if that is ture but just a thought.
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04 Jul 2010   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dfs View Post
Would deleting D drive affect my dell laptop? I mean D drive might have boot system files that might be dell-specific like the dell graphics show up on startup etc... Don't know if that is ture but just a thought.
As you are use the Dell Recovery DVD's, you can delete all partitions with no affect.
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04 Jul 2010   #9
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If you're not planning to Dual Boot Vista, I would wait until you get Windows 7, then clean your HD using DISKPART "Clean All" from the Command Line of the Windows 7 DVD: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Store your files first on an external or another HD which should be unplugged during install. Then boot Windows 7 installer to run DISKPART Clean All, followed by Custom Install using Drive Options to partition and format before install.

After you have Windows 7 installed immediately install MS Security Essentials, plug back in the data drive and scan it. Then you can transfer your files into Windows 7 or create a separate data drive from the OS/programs drive as shown here: Data Partition

If you can't wait until Windows 7 arrives, follow the same procedure to clean reinstall Vista: move data onto external or another HD which is unplugged during install, wipe the HD with DISKPART from Vista DVD Command Line, Custom Clean Install Windows 7 using Drive Options to Create and Format partitions, install MSE immediately after install to scan data.
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05 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

use dban like the other member has stated

this will reformat the drive 100%
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