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Windows 7: Cannot format while installing

25 Jul 2011   #1

Cannot format while installing

I have a computer which curruntly is running linux ubuntu, but I want to install windows 7 instead. During installing I tried to format the disc and create new disc for windows, but I cannot format or delete it. It will only allow me to click on refresh, load driver and new.

Please help me

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25 Jul 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
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W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello yui14, welcome to Seven Forums!

You have to boot the Windows 7 installation media, it won't work running from Linux.

This may be a better process to over-write the Grub bootloader, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media and want to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below then boot the Windows installation media to start the Windows 7 clean install process.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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25 Jul 2011   #3

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All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Backup your data first.
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