Microsoft wants me to format my Windows7 dirve

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September 10, 2013 at 20:02:48
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Core I5 3.3
Microsoft wants me to format my Windows7 dirve before I install Windows 7 on a new drive. I would be more comfortable formatting it after I have successfully created my new System Drive. My current hard drive worries me after seeing some blocks being unrecoverable. This drive is a 500 Gig drive and I am only going to put Windows 7 on it. Would you reduce the partition size, I believe it is about 370 gigs and move it towards the right side of the disk management tool? The drive is only about a year and a half old. I shut down each evening so it is not running all the time.

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September 11, 2013 at 00:13:31
You are allowed by the Microsoft licencing regulations to have only one Windows installation with one Product Key. Therefore, you have to remove the existing installation first if you want to use the same Product Key to install another instance of it.

If you don't want to remove the existing installation you will have to buy another Product Key from Microsoft for the second one.

A way round your dilemma is to remove the old drive from the system before installing Windows on the new drive, but that's still technically breaking the licence regulations.

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September 11, 2013 at 07:15:07
It would make it SO much easier if you'd stick to just ONE thread instead of constantly creating new ones.

As I suggested in one of the other threads, you should partition & format the HDD in advance using the hard drive manufacturer's software. The reason I recommend doing so is to prevent creation of the hidden system partition. If you partiton/format using the Windows disk, you 'll have no choice & you'll be stuck with it.

If you plan on using the 500GB HDD (actual size is approx 465GB), you should 1st decide on how you want to partition. Do you want a single partition? 2 partitions - one for Windows & one for Storage? 3 partitions - one for Windows, 2nd for Programs, 3rd for Storage? I'm going to guess you want 2 so for easy math, I'd go with 165GB for Windows & the remaining 300GB for Storage. If you're unsure, just create a single partition. You can always repartition after Windows is installed by installing & using EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition:

BTW, if you're concerned about the integrity of your HDD, the 1st thing you should do is download the HDD manufacturer's diagnostics utility & test the drive. There's no point installing Windows on a failing drive. If manufacturer's diagnostic tests determine the drive is defective (& it's still under warranty), you can send it back for a replacement. Unless I missed it, I don't think you've ever posted the make/model of your drive?

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September 11, 2013 at 08:22:58

I am one of the moderators on this board. I agree with riider about multiple posts on the same topic. Doing so is grounds for removal of all posts. Please do not post multiple times on the same issue. I will leave this thread up because the responders have provided additional information to you.

If you are actually seeing some bad clusters on your hard drive it most likely is in the process of dying. Hard drives are configured with spare clusters that do not show up anywhere. When a cluster fails, the firmware in the drive will replace the bad cluster with a spare. By the time YOU see bad clusters, many have already been identified as bad and replaced. There are currently no more spares available on your drive.

You must run a fitness test in order to get an RMA to replace the original drive if still under warranty.

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September 11, 2013 at 10:26:12
I appreciate your patience with me and I will stick to one Thred. I apologize for posting this way and assure you I will follow the rules. You guys all know how much help you give to people like myself. Again thanks for your support.

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