Can Windows 7 Installation DVD wipe clean HDD

October 21, 2010 at 15:35:46
Specs: Windows 7 64bit, phenom IIx4 955 3.20 processor - a-data 1333 2gb x 4 modules
can an O.S. installiation disc (windows 7) be used to wipe a HDD without havig to reinstall the O.S.? i want to put my O.S. on a SSD with a clean install and use the current HDD as a backup for movies and such. can the O.S. DISC be used for this? and if so, how?

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#1
October 21, 2010 at 15:54:41
It depends one what kind of Installation Disk you have. If it is an OEM version then probably not. It will just go into the installation routine with little intervention from you.

If it is a retail disk then you should be able to delete the existing partitions, recreate them, format then terminate the installation and you should end up with a blank disk.

The easiest solution would be to temporary disconnect the hard disk and install the OS on the SSD. Once you have that up and running you can then reconnect the hard disk format it ,

Stuart


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#2
October 21, 2010 at 16:10:45
i do have an oem version of windows . however, i do know it will allow u to reformat or wipe the drive. but once i do that, i'm not sure? because once u hit enter or next after reformatting and partitioning, it starts reinstalling windows again. could i just eject the disc after reformatting? or will that not work? oh and thanks for the previous response.

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#3
October 21, 2010 at 16:14:06
and if i do end up going the route u suggested, how do i reformat the old drive without installing the O.S. disc?

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October 21, 2010 at 16:39:23

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#5
October 21, 2010 at 16:44:24
You can format any drive from the Operating System except the drive the active Operating System is installed on. It is straight forward. You don't need the CD to format a drive in those circumstances.

Stuart


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#6
October 21, 2010 at 18:37:23
Just format it.

If you want you can delete the partition and then reformat it.


If you want you can use a ported command dd to fill it all with zeros or use a special application that puts data on 9 or more times to obscure the original data.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
October 21, 2010 at 19:49:12
delete the existing partitions and format the disks without the active Operating System.

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#8
October 21, 2010 at 22:24:41
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/inde...

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#9
October 22, 2010 at 01:30:57
thanks for the help!

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#10
October 22, 2010 at 01:38:53
one more ?
is there anything special that i need to know about SSD'S? do they connect to a regular sata port or do they have to be in raid or ahci mode. i guess what i am asking is, do they work like a regular/standard HDD? this computer was my 1st build and i just repalced 4 gigs of bad ram. it took me a month of troubleshooting to figure that out lol! thank GOD for memtest86+!!!

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