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Windows 7: How to quick format C drive with using bootable USB?

1 Week Ago   #1
kingston896

Windows 7
 
 
How to quick format C drive with using bootable USB?

Windows 7 set up is stuck at "setup is starting" screen indefinitely. So by Google, it means data in the C drive is not empty. So I need to quick format the data in C drive before installing windows 7. Is there any way to quick format C drive using bootable USB?
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1 Week Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Depends on what the USB boots into. There might be a utility there that allows you to format.
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1 Week Ago   #3
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If you booting win7 install you can delete all partitions when it reaches the disk choose options delete everything and let Windows do it thing
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1 Week Ago   #4
kingston896

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
If you booting win7 install you can delete all partitions when it reaches the disk choose options delete everything and let Windows do it thing
I already mentioned that windows 7 set up stuck at "set up is starting" which is before partitions.
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1 Week Ago   #5
kingston896

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
Depends on what the USB boots into. There might be a utility there that allows you to format.
What is that utility name?
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1 Week Ago   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Depends what the boot media is.

If your bootable usb contains win7 recovery/installation media, then you can use command prompt type:
diskpart

when the Diskpart> prompt comes up, type help

DISKPART>help

If your bootable media is something else, e.g. some linux flavor, then it might contain gparted, or any number of similar programs.

If your bootable media was created by an imaging program, e.g aomei backupper, then that will be either winpe ( so again use comand prompt diskpart) or it might be linux of some sort. Some bootable media is DOS which is different again.
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1 Week Ago   #7
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kingston896 View Post
I already mentioned that windows 7 set up stuck at "set up is starting" which is before partitions.
By your description it appears as though your install media is corrupt!
And I don't believe that reformatting your C drive will correct the problem
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1 Week Ago   #8
kingston896

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
By your description it appears as though your install media is corrupt!

Install media corrupt or my HDD ??
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1 Week Ago   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Over the years I have installed various operating systems many times and on the NT platform have never had the need to do a manual format. Early in the install process 6there will be the option to format the drive. If for any reason that fails you have a problem that needs to be investigated. I cannot see how a manual format will solve this problem, no matter what you might think you have learned from Google.

Fully describe the problem you are having without reference to formatting the drive. That will likely lead nowhere.
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