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March 31, 2013 at 15:00:44
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 2.5Ghz; 4G RAM
I have a two year old computer which originally had Window 7 installed. It was very troublesome so I cleared everything from the hard drive using DBAN, I have wiped the hard disk clean and now want to run FDISK followed by FORMAT to create a good clean disk structure.

I have both FDISK and FORMAT software on a bootable disk which was created with Windows XP. Can I use those programs on the computer on which I want to reinstall Windows 7, or must I have FDISK and FORMAT software that were created with Windows 7?

Keep in mind that my "old" computer uses XP and runs just fine. The computer on which I want to run FDISK and FORMAT will eventually have Win 7 installed.

Thank you.

Robert Kunz

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March 31, 2013 at 15:06:57
Boot the PC with the installation CD. It should give you a choice to format it.

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March 31, 2013 at 15:15:25
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You don't have to use FDISK cause, during Win7 installation, you have the option, to customize hard drive partitions.
Here you can delete and create partitions, and let Win7 do the format for you.
Then you can continue the normal installation of Win7.

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March 31, 2013 at 15:15:59
Fdisk and Format as stand alone applications are DOS applications and only partly work in Windows XP and will be useless in Windows 7. You may have created the disk on Windows XP but the applications come from MS-DOS and MS-DOS knows nothing about NTFS and Gbyte hard drives.. The last version of Windows to come with Fdisk and Format as standalone applications was Windows 98 as that had a DOS shell which XP and 7 do not.

All the partitioning and formatting you need come with both the XP and Windows 7 installation disk. You do have such a disk don't you?


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March 31, 2013 at 15:41:16
No need for DBAN or FDISK, but it wouldn't hurt to partition & format in advance. That will prevent Windows from creating the hidden 200MB partition. Use the software from the HDD manufacturer's website.

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April 1, 2013 at 10:30:33
Hi All,

Thank you all for your quick response to my question. As I am a novice in Win 7, I see I have much to learn.

I installed Win 7 and it went through 4 of the 5 steps in the installation process: Copying Windows Files, Expanding Windows Files, Installing Features, and Installing Updates, but when the installation step Completing Installation was due to run, I got the following message on my screen: Disk error; Press any key to restart.

I tried the installation 4 times and received the same message four times. I'd like to know which disk has the disk error: the installation disk or the hard drive? What do I do now?

Robert Kunz

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April 1, 2013 at 11:52:17
Most likely the hard disk. If it were the installation disk you would have know about it sooner.

Go to the hard disk manufactures web site and download a hard disk diagnostic from them. If the hard disk checks out OK I would start thinking about about memory errors as memory can sometimes appear like a hard disk problem.


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August 10, 2013 at 06:32:43
Hmmmm last time I ran FDISK, I only needed a DOS command line window. Windows 7 does have a command line window option I trust. Bet I can even Safe Mode boot into it. I'm also wondering what part of FDISK didnt work anymore. Seemed to handle partitioning of a 160gb hard drive quite well with large disk mode selected of course. I think there was more of a concern whether the MoBo on the system would recognize disks larger than 125gb since most people would put multiple partitions on a disk anyway (or just partition what they needed).

Your right about FDISK not coming with XP (and on up). XP had a higher version of ms-dos which somehow prevented the use of FDISK -lol. All one had to do was make XP think it was running an older version of ms-dos (v5.5 or earlier I believe). I find FDISK and utilities like it quite handy on a CD/USB when preparing a new drive or re-habbing one for use on a system that was sold without a full blown install disk -rolls eyes. Windows 7 does recognize Raw,fat16, fat32 which during a format or install can be made NTFS. -PaulinStudioCity

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August 10, 2013 at 06:57:10
Seemed to handle partitioning of a 160gb hard drive quite well

Try a 500 Gb hard drive which is common these days and see how far you get.

XP had a higher version of ms-dos which somehow prevented the use of FDISK

XP had no version of MS-DOS, none at all, absolutely nothing, sod all. The last OS to incorporate MS-DOS was Windows 98. XP is a totally different OS all together being based on a 32 bit NT kernel which never had anything to do with a 16 bit MS-DOS kernel. All it had was a command prompt that emulated some MS-DOS commands.


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August 10, 2013 at 09:10:07
More than likely a bad hard drive at that point, or its hitting a bad sector. Would proceed as StuartS in post 6 suggested. In addition..

If you need to find hard drive model, you can get that from the BIOS, google it and you will find the hard drive manf.. from there go to their site -> your model -> support / downloads - or come back here and we can provide you a link to the hard drive diag software.

I have seen some HD diag software mark/repair bad sectors to repair the drive. Most times it needed to be RMA'd.. Last suggestion would be to run a chkdsk /r on that drive when booted to Windows 7 DVD.

Ultimately though, even if that resolves the issue now, if your drive has bad sectors, its in your best interest to look at backing up your data and replacing it (via warranty or brand new)

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