Reformating Windows 7

November 4, 2010 at 22:02:09
Specs: Windows XP
I have a toshiba laptop with windows 7. The windows 7 does not boot up. it gets to the windows logo and them kind of freezes up. tried everything. only thing on my mind is formatting.
the QUESTION IS how do i format the hard drive with out booting up the windows?
DOS?
BIOS?

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#1
November 4, 2010 at 22:24:24
Open it up and check for dust buildup that could be causing it to overheat. Get some canned compressed air and clean it out.
You need to find the cause of the freezing up, there is no guarantee that formatting it will solve the problem.
To format it would require you to have the W7 instalation disk, which you would also need to reinstall Windows after formatting.
Please note formatting erases all data off your drive and leaves you with a non working pc.



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#2
November 5, 2010 at 05:44:55
if its a toshiba laptop, you should be able to do a factory restore,
Toshiba (from mid-2007) no longer supply recovery disks with new laptops.
They do provide a hidden recovery partition called the HDD Recovery Utility. This is accessed by pressing and holding the 0 (zero) key on the keyboard and then pressing the computer's power switch. This process is described in How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility.

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but cant help myself....


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#3
November 5, 2010 at 06:09:50
I know it will erase all the data..
and its not some dust build up... all 3 computers i have went down in 4 days.. so its definetelly not a dust..
and i will try the the zero thing
any other suggestions how to format the disk with out booting up to the desktop?

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#4
November 5, 2010 at 06:32:33
The recovery partition will return the computer to the condition it left the factory (disc wise), which is format AND reinstall.
You can get a disc utility program from the disc manufacturer's website that will make a bootable floppy or CD that can partition and format. Format alone will not help you if you do not have the windows 7 install disc or recovery disc since the disc will be blank.
If you have the Windows 7 install disc, just insert into drive and start, it will boot to the disc and give you options. Choose custom, then format/partition....
If you have a recovery disc, you put the disc in and boot to it. It works like the recovery partition.
"... all 3 computers i have went down in 4 days.. "
You have a problem there.... a Virus or other infection on you network, or an electrical/power problem in your building. If you suspect an electrical problem, go to an electrical supply and get a ground fault tester (most will test the Hot, the Neutral, and the Ground by just plugging into various sockets). Call a licensed electrician if you detect any problems (especially if the problem exists in more than one room).

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