I would like to erase my whole hard drive?

January 31, 2017 at 09:38:51
Specs: Windows 7
Just want to erase my hard drive, and put a new operation on this pc.I just want an real clean hard drive(c) drive.

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January 31, 2017 at 09:45:31
If you have the Operating System on DVD, just boot to it and run the installation. You'll have the option to keep the current partitions, or delete one (or more of them.) Keep in mind, you will lose everything that is currently on the C drive, (or the entire drive if you repartition.) So, if you have data on the computer, make sure and backup the data before changing anything on the OS side.

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January 31, 2017 at 20:23:26
There are utilities that will write zeros to the drive. You can probably download one from the hard drive support site. But your C: drive is just one partition on the hard drive. If it has others--such as a restore partition--those will be zero'd out too. And you may not want to do that.

And, as already mentioned, it's unnecessary.

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January 31, 2017 at 20:53:15
Please note that you should be careful with aftermarket software intended to wipe out the drive because some of them are intended for destruction of the hard drive so they wipe out the hard drives built in software also so the drive cannot be used again.
The Windows install disk will normally do this for you. You can choose the Custom options/Partition, Format options, then delete any existing partitions (or just the ones you want), create a new partition and format it. The quick format wipes the partition table so all prior files are forgotten and do not exist for the computer. If you want it more difficult to recovery anything prior then you can do a full format which will write zeros across the drive but it may take hours depending the speed of the drive and computer. Do not do this for an SSD drive but use their software secure erase feature to safely do this.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 1, 2017 at 02:47:21
Just delete all the partitions during the install. Once that is done, the format option will be greyed out.

Windows 10 - Clean Install
Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.

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February 2, 2017 at 13:17:27
Just format it by right clicking on it.

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February 2, 2017 at 13:20:46

You cannot format the system drive from within Windows. Windows won't let you because it is using it.

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February 2, 2017 at 18:15:11

Formatting C: drive would imply a clean install of Windows. In that case, you can do it with your Windows DVD. You have one, right?

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