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Windows 7: Format Hard Drive

01 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Format Hard Drive

I already have Windows 7 installed on my laptop

and now I am trying to fix a laptop in my house that has had a virus on it for a while that corrupted XP (about 8 months it has had it)

then when running a setup for XP to try and fix it it corrupted itself and then got permanently stuck on a setup

so now I started looking at it and I saw that there was an option for it to revert to the way it was when it had working settings

so I am uninstalling everything and deleting everything

but I want to format it completely (so there will be NOTHING left)

so can I do a full format while using the Windows 7 Ultimate disc?

please don't say to do a quick format since I don't want to do that, I have been reading some of the posts in the forums and people say to use a quick format and they don't say if you can do a Full format

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01 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Yes, you can. I wouldn't even bother uninstalling stuff--it's just a waste of time if you are going to do a clean install of Windows 7.

The only difference between a quick format and a full format is that the latter checks the disk for bad sectors. You can do the same thing yourself anytime by running chkdsk /r from a command prompt or from within Windows.
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01 Nov 2009   #3

Windows Seven x64

I would also D-ban it..(Just to be safe and you will get a nice clean install) it is a free Hard Drive eraser works really good... and you just burn an iso. to a CD and boot from there.. Here is the LINK if you are interested..

Hope this Helps..
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01 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

on that laptop the virus messed it up extremely bad

it corrupted the Task Manager and Internet Explorer (which is the only search engine on it)

so I can't get on the internet with it

right now I am on a PC thats running Vista

but thanks anyways

and now that I know that I can at least do a full format with the 7 disc Im going to try and run it, but its taking a while to load up on it
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03 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro

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