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Windows 7: Fresh Install - format?

26 Aug 2010   #11

Win 7 U

Thanks for your replies. I'm not looking to re-install, I'm looking to format. I'll give these a try when I get home. I will report back with the results.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Aug 2010   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

To simply format:

1. Create a System Repair Disc,
2. Go to a command prompt using your System Repair Disc,
3. Wipe the disk clean
4. Format the disk

Detailed explanation:
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

1) Insert System Repair Disc into optical reader.
2) Shutdown your computer.
3) Boot up your computer from the System Repair Disc (if needed, Power on button, immediately hit F2 key, change boot order to have boot from cd/dvd first).
4) Wait while a mini-version of Windows is loaded and finally the System Recovery Options dialog appears.
will show Select a keyboard input method |
NEXT button
will search your system for installed versions of Windows.
select the Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows radio button |
NEXT button
will show Choose a recovery tool and list the following |
System Repair
System Restore
System Image Recovery
Windows Memory Diagnostic
Command Prompt
9) Click on command prompt

You can remove the System Repair Disc. A mini Win 7 has been installed to a ram drive labeled X:


• type DiskPart, Enter key
• type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, I’ll be using the numeral 2
• type Select disk 2, Enter key
• type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
• type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
After Clean is finished,
and only after clean is finished--
• type FORMAT fs=NTFS quick, Enter key
• type EXIT, Enter key (only after Format is finished)
• type EXIT, Enter key (this gets you back where you were)

Remove the System Repair Disc if you haven't already.
Shutdown computer.
Power up computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Aug 2010   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

I think they may be confusing terms and may want to create another partition out of some of C:, if so have a look at these tutorials at the links below.

How to Shrink a Partition or Volume in Windows 7

How to Create a New Partition or Volume in Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Aug 2010   #14

Win 7 U

I'm happy to report that the tutorials posted solved my problem! I was able to clean the disk, format, and install windows 7. Thank you all for your help!!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Aug 2010   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Glad you have it running, thanks for the update.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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