Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Format HDD

06 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 Ultimate
Format HDD

I had a 500gb WD drive with Vista on it. I loaded up a Seagate 500gb drive and installed Windows 7 on it. I've moved over all of the files I wanted off of the WD drive. After moving all of my files I wanted to format the old WD drive. However, disc management in Windows 7 will not let me format the drive or delete the partition. I know my way around computers, a little, but obviously not enough to to do something as simple as formatting an old system partition. Can anyone help?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7

Here is a quick resource for formatting partitions: Formatting disks and drives: frequently asked questions. Your Windows 7 was installed as a Full installation correct, not as an upgrade to the Vista on a second drive?

Windows Outreach Team
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2010   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I rather like gregrocker's method in post #3:

32 bit upgrade loses CD/DVD, tried everything else
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Feb 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP


Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attach file using Paper Clip in Reply Box.

It may be that your old Vista drive holds the System Active MBR for your remaining Win7 if they were previously on a dual boot. This means you must recover the MBR into Win7 or it will not boot after formatting the Vista drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 May 2010   #5

xp, vista, seven
Master and slave

Change the jumper settings on the old drive to slave position and then plug the drive.

Now you will have the drive visible and available for formatting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Format HDD

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
File format changed into other format after format a hard drive
Hi everyone, I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my...
Hardware & Devices
Searches in folder with general format - results in music format
Can you control the folder format that your search results opens with? My work computer keeps reverting to music format when I want the general format. I don't need to know contributing artist of my solid modeling files.
General Discussion
Best Format For Lossless Video Compression/Conversion to .avi Format?
Hi all, Just wondering, for you video editors out there, which format you prefer from the following: BGR24 RGB555 YUY2 RGBA32
Music, Pictures & Video
Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled
Hi, So, the title basically says it all. This is what happened: My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system. Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the...
Hardware & Devices
How do I change Video Library format to a different viewing format?
I am having a tiny problem with my computer that I don't know how to fix. Recently I had installed a new program to my computer but in doing so, the library style of my videos changed and I don't know how to fix it to what it was before. Previously it resembled the layout of my picture folder. I've...
Media Center

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33.
Twitter Facebook