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Windows 7: Windows will not allow me to format drive C: this is driving me nuts!!

21 Sep 2014   #1

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Windows will not allow me to format drive C: this is driving me nuts!!

Hi all!
I have aquired a new but secondhand net book from a friend,
it was running so slow!
i decided to reinstall windows but with there being no cdrom drive i had to rip it onto my friends pc and transfer it over to the netbook and use daemon tools to install it.
i installed windows onto drive d: hoping to beable to format drive c after installation but windows will not allow this!
i have tried installing windows back onto drive c: but it wants to put yhe old files into a folder which i do not want to do i want a clean hdd then a new version of windows to be installed
every attemp i have tried to format this drive has failed
please please someone shed sum light on this for me or give me a solution!!!!! its driving me insane!!!!!!
Thanks for reading!!!!!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2014   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64

When you boot your new installation, Is Windows the [D] drive ?
Post a screen shot of Disk Management.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Here is a tutorial by gregrocker with everything needed to reinstall Windows.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

You will need the COA key to activate Windows.
Do you have a USB Flash drive you can use for the installation ?

All this is explained in the tutorial, take your time and read it over.
I'm not an installation expert, but ask back with any questions and someone here will help you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

One common thing about Windows is that it will not reformat the HDD or partition it is booted to, won't 'kill' itself. I'd surmise there's enough of Windows left on the C: drive to prevent reformatting. The procedures already mentioned may be the only way to go.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Sep 2014   #4


I would stick with only the steps, tools and methods in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which provides everything needed to get and keep a perfect install. A million consumers have used the tutorial without a single complaint.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2014   #5

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

The problem with daemon tools is that you have to boot the system first before you can mount the iso of the installer. You need to be able to boot from the install disk. You need to either create a bootable thumb drive with the Win 7 install files or use an external optical drive with a physical install disk.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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