can someone help me format my hard disk?

November 11, 2010 at 19:17:21
Specs: Linux i686
So I had vista and ubuntu in different partitions on my hard disk. Vista stopped working
(It doesn't boot) but ubuntu works fine so I know that the actual hardware is ok. The problem is that I need windows. I have a windows 7 CD but when I try to boot from it, it never completes the boot either, but I know that the CD is good because it installed fine on my other computer. I want to just reformat everything and then try to load the windows 7 but I cannot find a way to reformat. When the computer turns on and asks me to choose an operating system, from there I can get a command line but the command fdisk does not work. I cannot seem to figure out how to format the disk can anyone help?

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November 11, 2010 at 19:59:17
Set the first boot device as your DVD drive. Put in your Windows 7 Install disc and restart. When the system boots to the install DVD, choose Custom/Advanced options and then Format/Partition. From there you can format a partition or delete an existing partition and create and format a new one from the space left behind.
If you plan on using your Linux install, you will have to reload GRUB bootloader AFTER your windows 7 install is running correctly so you can access it also. If you do not expect to use it again, reclaim the space by deleting these partitions also now. If you are planning on multiple partitions, only create and format the one you want windows to be installed on so you will be sure of where it installs (I had a problem once where I created two, but windows installed on the second larger one, so I had to shrink it and create a third one after it) since you can partition/format later in windows disc manager.

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