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Windows 7: Formatting question!

07 Apr 2009   #11
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Very cool SIW2!

In case it is unclear to others, SIW2's method replaces all the steps using VistaBootPro. That app is not needed.


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07 Apr 2009   #12
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Guys, sorry, I went and did what torrentg suggested initially and took the hard drive out and did a system startup repair. Everything went fine. But after I put the XP hard drive back, I can still not format the damn thing!!

Oops, sorry that was Garysgold's suggestion!
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07 Apr 2009   #13
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Well, now that your booting is all contained within your 7 drive, here's a fail proof way to format since you can't.

Boot from the 7 DVD. Make pretend you are going to clean install to the XP drive. Format the XP drive as part of the install. Be careful to choose the right one. After formatting, go back to bios and choose your 7 drive as the boot drive.

There's probably an easier way now, but since I'm not there, kind of hard to say. So this should do well...considering that you really do boot from your 7 now.
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07 Apr 2009   #14
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

So do I then have to install 7 on that hard drive, or is there an option during installation to just format before installing?

Sorry if I am a pain!!

Is it not perhaps because it is still a system partition? Should I not change this, and if I must, how?
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07 Apr 2009   #15
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

No, it's no pain. We're all glad to help.

Yeah, you can format as part of the install. But once formatting is done, you can reboot, then bios (change drive to 7 again), then boot normal.
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07 Apr 2009   #16
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Where do I get the option to just format?
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07 Apr 2009   #17
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

After booted from the 7 DVD, the screen pops up to say "install now." Click that. Then choose to do a clean install. Then it will present you with places to install. Here, on the screen it will tell you to hit a button for advanced options. In the advanced oiptions, you can choose to format here.
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07 Apr 2009   #18
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

when starting the install, click on custom, should be an option to format the xp partition in there. After formatting just cancel the install. May have to select where you want to install before you get the option.

Gary

Sorry torrentg. your to fast for me.
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07 Apr 2009   #19
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Gentleman, thank you so much for your help! Formatted and sorted! I really appreciate your help, as well as this Windows 7 Forum!
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07 Apr 2009   #20
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Your welcome Bull. Glad to hear you got it sorted.

Gary
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