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Windows 7: is it possible to without disk?reformat

17 Jun 2011   #21
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SubbinBlazer View Post
Brothers laptop is acting up. it's a HP pavilion entertainment pc windows vista home premium oemact 64 bit. a how to would be great if possible. thanks
Of course you can reformat a hard drive without an OS disc. But you can't reinstall Windows without it. Reformatting is not the same as reinstalling. Formatting a disc does one thing...it deletes everything on the disc and prepares it for re-use. It does not put anything back on the disc.


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17 Jun 2011   #22
gregrocker

 

Try wiping the HD first then run the Recovery Disks. Click on the tutorial Theog linked in his post above: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

You'll need to make a Win7 Repair CD to do the wipe tutorial: System Repair Disc - Create

Or you can burn to CD free Partition Wizard bootable CD: boot CD, click on HD to highlight it, from Disk tab select Wipe Disk with one set of zeroes.

Now the Recov Disks should autostart. If they stall again, try Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS.

While in BIOS setup, look for SATA controller setting, change it to AHCI first to try install, then IDE if that fails.

If it fails again, test your RAM and HD with extended CD scan: RAM - Test with Memtest86+
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp
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19 Jun 2011   #23
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

if i buy a new hard drive and purchase the windows 7 operating system disk i should be ready to go right? If so, what hard drive would you guys recommend for my laptop? i see their are some hard drives that have different rpm's. My bro does a lot of downloading/watching videos and likes to have a lot of music on his laptop...
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19 Jun 2011   #24
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes you should. I would recommend at least a 7200RPM HDD of the largest capacity you can find.
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19 Jun 2011   #25
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

ok, cool. Got any links of any reputable hard drives i should go with for my laptop?
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22 Jun 2011   #26
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Can someone recommend me a good hard drive for my laptop? I found some, but i don't know what brands/model i need... feedback would be great. thanks in advance!
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22 Jun 2011   #27
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SubbinBlazer View Post
Can someone recommend me a good hard drive for my laptop? I found some, but i don't know what brands/model i need... feedback would be great. thanks in advance!
Shouldn't you be talking to your computer manufacturer for suitable hard drive ?
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22 Jun 2011   #28
SubbinBlazer

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I was thinking about doing that, but i was trying to get help here since most of you guys have had expirience with hardware and was hoping that ppl from this forum can guide me through the correct path. I'll give them a call tomarrow. =) thanks
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22 Jun 2011   #29
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well, I am currently using a Maxtor(now Seagate), Seagte, and Western Digital. I have used a Samsung Spin Point as well. As I said get a 7200RPM and a large capacity that will match the interface (HDD connection) you have.
Brand is your choice, there will be people who praise and despise all I mentioned.
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22 Jun 2011   #30
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

In my opinion, a hard drive is a hard drive is a hard drive. Brands make very little difference.
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