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Windows 7: Hard Drive Wipe Out

16 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Hard Drive Wipe Out

I want to upgrade my desktop from XP to 7 Ultimate so it is compatible with my 2 laptops. I have never wiped out a hard drive before. Does anyone know of a good "how to" guide I can follow? I Googled it, but thought you pros would know of something better. I already have the 7 Ultimate software and an external to save my existing file too.


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16 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

The easiest way is to just start the install and when prompted let "windows 7 install" format the disk.
It will probably save the old XP to a folder called Windows old but all you need to do is delete it after the install.
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16 Nov 2010   #3


The steps to wipe your HD with zeroes using Diskpart from the Win7 DVD Command Line are here: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

If you want a visual picture of your drive being wiped, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD Disk tab to Wipe with at least one set of zeroes.
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16 Nov 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello ACES, welcome to Seven Forums!

If you want a step-by-step of the process in Partition Wizard, have a look at Option Three in this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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17 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks everyone.
I ran into a major problem with my laptop yesterday (see thread), so I am putting this project on hold until I make sure it is fixed. But I will be sure to post back on this thread when I get to this project.

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17 Nov 2010   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Yes be sure to post back, we'll be here.
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