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Windows 7: Reinstall windows

27 Nov 2017   #11

Windows 7 32

I have booted from a dvd. I asked windows to format the first partition. 100g. It formated this massive partition in less than one second. This is NOT a full format. So windows will not do full formats.

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27 Nov 2017   #12

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

It will if you boot to the command prompt, as I linked in the last post full control options are in the link I gave to Technet

Deleting the partition System and (possible) boot partition and installing to the empty space is better still
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27 Nov 2017   #13

Windows 7 32

Command prompt at startup.

How do you get to command prompt at startup. You can go into a safe mode but the link you gave me shows
A) Go to step 3.

2. Boot to the System Recovery Options screen, and select the Command Prompt option. (see screenshot below)

No help on how this step is acheved. I asume we are to go to the black screen dos level and type in format or fmt
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27 Nov 2017   #14

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

If you boot from the install disk you can get to the command prompt by simply Pressing The Shift-F10 combination at the menu, This opens a command prompt running in Memory (x: I believe), so a Format c: command should be all you need to format the c: drive (OS drive)

The system recovery options In the tutorial is actually a link to a detailed instruction on how to achieve this System Recovery Options - Windows 7 Help Forums, but basically boot the system and tap F8 to access the menu and then the safe mode with command prompt
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27 Nov 2017   #15

Windows 7 32

Pressing F8 only gives a choice of boot devices no command option. How can something as basic as this be so bloody complicated. Someone might need to do a full format for any number of reasons. I even tried deleting the partition and creating it again.
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27 Nov 2017   #16

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

As stated in the System Recovery Options - Windows 7 Help Forums tutorial you need to Tap the F8 key approximately every second until the screen pops up
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27 Nov 2017   #17

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

the light blue text in the posts are links to other full pages of detailed instructions with step by step advice that should give full information on what you need to do
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27 Nov 2017   #18

Windows 7 HP 64

When you boot from the installation disk, go to install - Advanced - Format. It will do a quick NTFS format.
If you want to do a full format, boot from the installation disk, go to repair and launch a CMD window
cd c:\
Dir c:\ (to make sure c: is the one you want to format
Type format c:
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27 Nov 2017   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

I notice that "Spinrite"was mentioned a couple of times.
When Steve Gibson wrote that program, many years ago now, HD's were still in their infancy.
Way back then, I put out the $99 to buy the program. But I must confess that I've not used it now in many years. If I have any reason to suspect that a HD may be failing, I just replace it ASAP!
Failing or questionable Hard Drives are just NOT worth fussing around with.

When I set up a new OS on an old drive, I just instruct the Setup program to delete all the previous partitions. Then I let the new OS (Install Program) do it's own partitioning and formatting. Anything that was previously on the HD is well erased.

If a 100% clean HD is required, then just buy a NEW one, instead of re-using an old one.

Once in a while, when I get a used HD with a questionable history, I run a Low Level Format program on it, and that puts it back to Factory New! And like at the factory, the LL Format blocks out any failing or questionable sectors, so they will never be used. *
Every HD has its own Bad Sector Map, even though most folks don't know about it.
* On the large HD's today, a LL Format can take many hours (or days).

Cheers mate!
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