Solved Can I use XP FDISK to wipe clean Win 7 laptop HDD

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April 8, 2013 at 09:36:43
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I have a laptop that has its hard drive wiped clean. I want to install Win 7 on this laptop. I have the programs FDISK and FORMAT on a CD that was created with Windows XP.

I understand that running the Win 7 installation disk will automatically partition and format the hard drive as a function of the installation process, I have tried that repeatedly and the installation fails - repeatedly. So I thought that if I could FDISK and then FORMAT the Win 7 laptop with XP programs, the Win 7 installation might work.

So will the XP FDISK and FORMAT programs work properly to format the Win 7 computer? OR do I need to find and download FDISK and FORMAT specifically for Win 7?

Bob K.


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#1
April 8, 2013 at 10:10:48
What type of Windows 7 disk do you have?

What happens when you try to run Windows 7 from the disk you have? Are you booting to it or doing something else?


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#2
April 8, 2013 at 10:14:33
BobotK: I have tried that repeatedly and the installation fails
Fails why?
Alternatively, fails how?

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#3
April 8, 2013 at 10:34:05
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There is no FDISK for XP or Windows 7. It is an ancient DOS utility that is useless when installing any modern OS. The DOS FORMAT utility is equally useless.

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#4
April 8, 2013 at 17:13:53
1: Boot into the bios.

2: Change the boot to boot from CD first.

3: Put in the W7 CD.

4: Reboot.

5: You have a few seconds after you see the message > Press any key, to do that.
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

6: Choose Custom.
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...

7: Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
Click on > Drive options (advanced) Then highlight each partition & hit > Delete.
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...


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April 9, 2013 at 06:45:07
I've chosen a Best Answer (by L Miller 7). Once I learned that FDISK and FORMAT have no value with Win 7, I ran DBAN again to get a clean start. Then I just inserted my Win 7 Pro disk and the installation processed without problem. Thanks to everyone who participated in this thread. I sincerely appreciate all your help.

I still have one other problem. While the installation worked perfectly, I have no wireless connection. In fact the wireless device itself (modem) is not recognized, so I think I may have a bad device. Being a Win 7 novice as I am, I'll have to look into what's causing that.

Thanks everyone. One huge problem solved.

Bob K.


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#6
April 9, 2013 at 06:58:09
BobotK: Being a Win 7 novice as I am, I'll have to look into what's causing that.
Drivers. You need drivers for your wireless device.

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#7
April 9, 2013 at 07:01:31
Yes, Razor 2.3, I know that. The problem is I don't know how to identify what driver to use. I'll look into that and then probably post a question in the communication section of computing.net. Thanks.

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#8
April 9, 2013 at 15:16:21
"In fact the wireless device itself (modem) is not recognized, so I think I may have a bad device"

Did you install the drivers from the motherboard CD that comes with the comp?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device...
http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/...


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#9
April 9, 2013 at 18:16:11
Johnw -

I just acquired this laptop from a friend. It was troublesome and that's why I'm working on it for him. Sorry to say I have NO documentation for the computer, no disks, no Owner's manual, absolutely nothing! That's what making this such a mess. I don't know where to find anything, so that's what prompted my question in the first place.


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#10
April 9, 2013 at 18:31:18
"Sorry to say I have NO documentation for the computer, no disks, no Owner's manual, absolutely nothing!"

When you say wiped, do you mean the operating system has been removed?


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#11
April 10, 2013 at 06:25:56
Yes, the entire hard drive was wiped clean. However I now have Win 7 installed and the one thing I'm missing is a wireless connection.

BTW, I downloaded all six drivers from Dell that were listed as being applicable to my Latitude E6510 and now have them on a flash drive. As a total novice with Win 7, I tried to display Windows Explorer in the Win 7 laptop but so far have been unable to see a list of folders and files similar to what I've experienced in years of working with Windows XP. Can you give me "simple" instructions on how to display folders and files with Win 7 so I can copy the six drivers to the Win 7 laptop?

I've ordered a book from Amazon, but that won't get her for another week.

Thank you.

Bob K.


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#12
April 10, 2013 at 06:44:37
Can you give me "simple" instructions on how to display folders and files with Win 7 so I can copy the six drivers to the Win 7 laptop?
As simple as they come: (Tap) Windows key -> (type) \ -> (Tap) Enter key
Outside of that, any way you used in WinXP still works.

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#13
April 10, 2013 at 07:49:26
Hello Razor2.3,

Yes, you'd think that would work but I don't wind up with Windows Explorer. I get a structured page of words, among which I see "Local Drive (C). So I click on that and I see 4 folder names after it: Perf Logs, Program Files, Users and Windows. I clicked on each one individually and that got me more words. When I clicked on Windows, I got some folder names, and I tried all the "change view" options and none produced a normal Folders and Files display.

Sorry to be so dumb on Win 7.


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#14
April 10, 2013 at 08:06:36
I'd have to see what you're attempting to describe, but it sounds like you are in the "normal Folders and Files" display.

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#15
April 10, 2013 at 08:47:12
Thanks, Razor2.3.

I don't even know what that means. Furthermore, we're certainly off subject with this thread. So I'm going to close this thread since my original question was answered.

Thanks for your help.

Bob K.


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