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Windows 7: Help reformatting hard drive

14 Sep 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Help reformatting hard drive

Hi all

I've done it before but can't remember how. I have a partition on my laptop and Windows 7 is installed on the D drive. I've also dumped a load of photos on there as well as the C drive was getting full. (I guess I may need to get rid of them fro the D drive before reformatting right?) Anyway, I want to get the machine back to how it was when I bought it. Everything is backed up. I've looked around online (there are TONS of pages about it) but most of them talking about inserting the CD. Well I don't have one and don't need one as it's installed on the partition right? If you could either tell me how to do it or point me to a link that does, I'd be very grateful.



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14 Sep 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You say everything is backed up but did you also backup your photos on D? Because everything will most likely be deleted.

What you are looking at is a factory reset/restore - check your laptop's manual - it is supposed to start with a key press during startup (may also be showing which key when you start the PC).
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14 Sep 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

Fill out your System Specs, especially the manufacturer and full model number of the PC. With that we can check the online Users Guide to see how to start the restore to factory state.
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15 Sep 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Why is Windows 7 installed on a D drive ?

Windows does not go on D.

What is on C ?

Post a shot of Disk Management please.
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