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Windows 7: How to clear HDD

07 Jun 2011   #1
illway1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How to clear HDD

I want to clear everything I have on my hard drive because it is getting pretty cluttered.

Can someone tell me how I can clear my data but still keep my OS?

Pretty much I just want all my data and programs to be deleted (ill install them later), but still keep the OS.

Thanks in advance


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07 Jun 2011   #2
BriceH

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hi, illway1. It sounds as if you want to do a clean reinstall of Windows 7. To do so, please follow this tutorial:

Clean Install Windows 7

Important: This will remove ALL of your data. That means your programs, documents, movies, music, and anything else. Make sure to have a backup of whatever you want to keep. You will be left with nothing but a bare-bones installation of Windows 7.
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07 Jun 2011   #3
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illway1 View Post
I want to clear everything I have on my hard drive because it is getting pretty cluttered.

Can someone tell me how I can clear my data but still keep my OS?

Pretty much I just want all my data and programs to be deleted (ill install them later), but still keep the OS.

Thanks in advance
If you bought your computer pre-instaled with the OS, then you most likely do not have the DVD Installation disc.

In that case, if you had made a set of Factory Default discs when you first bought the computer, you can use them to restore your computer to " factory settings " as if it is brand new coming out from the factory.

If you don't have that either, contact your computer manufacturer, ask them the followings ;

1. Ask for a set of Recovry disc. The cost is minimal.
2. Ask them if there is a Recovery Partition in your computer ( they know ).
If answer is "yes", ask them to teach you how to use the recovery partition. It is their partition, they know how to use it.
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07 Jun 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

When you've re-installed Windows and your programs why don't you do a full image backup, which can then be restored at will.

You can use Windows 7's backup software or choose a third-party such as Acronis or Macrium.
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07 Jun 2011   #5
illway1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I build the computer myself, I got the installation disks so I will probably do that. Thanks
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07 Jun 2011   #6
illway1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

@seavixen32

I dont want to do a full image because there are programs on it I dont want. Easier for me to totally reset and download only the programs I need
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07 Jun 2011   #7
BriceH

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by illway1 View Post
I build the computer myself, I got the installation disks so I will probably do that. Thanks
Please report back on how well this works. We will help you with any problems you may have.
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