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Windows 7: Format question

20 Dec 2010   #1
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 
Format question

In the past Windows gave you options of quick and full format at setup
Now Win 7 only gives the quick option as far as I know
Would full be better or not.. and is it possible to do a full format without reverting to old Windows versions setup disks


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20 Dec 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

When you get to the screen asking for custom or Clean, click advanced, you can make a full format.
Step 6
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version[2]=General Tips
You can make a clean install with an upgrade version, if you have the underlying supporting OS.
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20 Dec 2010   #3
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Because of the bandwidth available a fast erase is a better option either way it go they are about the same

even after a full erase still some of the hdd space is dedicated to the os so there is nothing to worry about plus 7 is more workable then previous windows

and yes i do concur richc46
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20 Dec 2010   #4
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

Seems only difference between both is a full format checks bad sectors, which you can also apparently do from within windows
But I will check into the options.. next time I decide to reinstall
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20 Dec 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



A format does nothing, you may care to have a look at this tutorial at the link below for future use.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Note   Note

Contrary to popular belief, formatting does not remove any data at all, it just checks for sector errors and marks the space to be over-written as needed, all the data is still there including all the code from previous/failed installation attempts.

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20 Dec 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello.



A format does nothing, you may care to have a look at this tutorial at the link below for future use.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Note   Note

Contrary to popular belief, formatting does not remove any data at all, it just checks for sector errors and marks the space to be over-written as needed, all the data is still there including all the code from previous/failed installation attempts.

I agree with this suggestion. I have helped many using this tutorial. You may want to benefit, too.
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20 Dec 2010   #7
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

Yea Ive checked tghat out.. looks a bit complex but anyhow, will read it a bit more thorough
Actually my only "concern" if you can call it that is if you reinstall Windows if the old Windows would leave some traces behind, weather hidden or not
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20 Dec 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you only run a format and do the install, then remints are definitely left behind.

A "clean all" is not too complicated, here's a tutorial that shows how to boot the PC to diskpart.

DISKPART : At PC Startup
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20 Dec 2010   #9
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

I will be trying to follow those tutortials (they made more sense after a couple more look throughs).. when I reinstall.. and have the time.. you see my disks are all 1 TB and reading those instructions.. your way predicts 4 hrs, although it probably depends on all hardware?
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21 Dec 2010   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Using this and after the wipe, be sure to create the 100GB partition to install Windows to and in future if/when you reinstall it will only be necessary to wipe the 100GB Windows partition instead of the entire HDD using the "partition specific" wipe method outlined in Option Three of this tutorial.


Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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