can't format hard drive windows 7

April 5, 2011 at 20:43:25
Specs: Windows Vista
I had a virus and am trying to do a clean install of windows 7, but it won't install. I tried adding boot mgr through dos commands, but it won't let me format the hard drive.

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#1
April 5, 2011 at 21:08:57
well if you format the hard drive you will delete your restore partition, if its a manufacturer machine, if self built you can do a format from the win 7 advanced install.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#2
April 5, 2011 at 21:18:28
Easy way: (((Back up your files first)))
Make sure your boot order is set to boot from the DVD drive first.
Put in the install DVD for Windows 7 and restart (you may need to 'hit any key to boot from CD/DVD drive'. When the Windows 7 install screen loads, you will get a choice just after clicking 'Install' on the first page. Choose 'Custom' and then choose 'partition/format'. Delete the Vista partition here and then create a new partition from the available space (if you plan on more than one partition, just make the first one now to install it on, you can make the rest later in Windows 7) and format it. Then proceed with the install (creating only one partition means there is only one place it can install it -- I had it once install on the second partition after I made three and had to resize everything to do what I wanted).

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


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#3
April 6, 2011 at 23:09:54
It is self built and I can't seem to format the drive from the Windows 7 disc.

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#4
April 7, 2011 at 21:31:25
Try deleting the partition completely and recreating the partition(s) from the available space left after the old partition(s) were deleted. This should solve the problem and eliminate the possibility of getting a large file "old windows".

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


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#5
April 7, 2011 at 22:28:46
if all else fails download the manufacturers tools for the hard drive..

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but cant help myself....


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#6
April 7, 2011 at 22:50:58
I deleted the drive, but WIndows couldn't format it. I have 2 drives running in Raid 0 and I'm wondering if one of the drives are bad. Someone told me to clear the CMOS on the motherboard. You think that'll make a difference? I can't try a bootdisk, cause I didn;t add an "A" drive (floppy) when i built the system.

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