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XPS17 L702X Win7 format & clean install: Full clean WIn7_64 reinstall help on SSD following HDD failure

Q: XPS17 L702X Win7 format & clean install: Full clean WIn7_64 reinstall help on SSD following HDD failure

Hi Guys
BACKGROUND: Im relatively experienced technical windows guy but I wanted some top tips please rebuilding my XPS17 (L702X tag D6F23S1) after my HDD started corrupting files & registry after 5 years use.
I swapped it for an SSD, now I have some challenges which I'd love some help / wise advice with.
I WOULD LIKE TO: Either recover the image from data (need help) or do a full format of the Windows partitiion (ensuring I have all the right drivers) and begin the painful task of a rebuild.
1. Imaged the original HDD and applied the image to the SSD.
2. I have tried a new install of windows which has installed to the original drive but leaving only 10% space free.
3. When I break out of the boot sequence I dont get the Dell Recovery option but i can see the Recovery partition in 'Disk Management'.
4. I cant find the recovery discs easily (think house move and everything in the attic situation) made originally but I do have the data on my network NAS and can copy over to a USB stick - I have tried to boot to the USB but I cant make that happen.
A. Is there a good guide that allows me to download and boot to a recovery environment, format the C: drive and reinstall windows?
B. Is there anyway I can download software which can utilise existing data I have to recover the original windows state please?
I'd be grateful for any advice you can give!
Many thanks

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Preferred Solution: XPS17 L702X Win7 format & clean install: Full clean WIn7_64 reinstall help on SSD following HDD failure

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


I'm going to do a complete format and clean install of Windows 7 Starter on my ASUS EEE PC 1015-PEM. It's now running 7 Ultimate. I did not back up the recovery partition when I put Ultimate on it (completely spaced.. smh,) have no external optical drive handy, USB not recognizing any flash drive I try, and refuse to pay ASUS $50 for a recovery DVD of drivers, programs, and OS I already paid them for.

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

I was going to use these ^^ awesome tutorials with a bootable flash drive of the iso I've downloaded but as I mentioned above, USB is giving me problems. Do I have any options left to do the format and clean Win7 install? Can this be done from the HDD as opposed to a bootable CD/DVD or USB?

A:Format and clean Win7 install from hard drive?

Yes. You will need to extract the contents of the iso onto another partition.

Get your nic drivers from asus site also, just in case win7 built in ones don't work.Plonk them onto the same partition as above.

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I will try to keep this as brief as precise and brief as possible. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 and have been running Win7l Home sp1 64bit, for over a year. A friend acquired the same model laptop recently and yesterday, I did a clean Win7 Ult. 64bit install, formatting over Vista 32bit. No problems at all. (I did this using my laptop, just taking out my HDD and replacing, with his.) Wanting to replace my non-genuine Home with genuine Ultimate, I backed up my data and attempted the same thing. We have same amount of RAM, same type, same model HDD's, etc. I changed my boot order to USB, it begins to load Windows setup files...after only 10 or so seconds into the process I get the message: Windows failed to load because the kernal is missing or corrupt.
\Windows\System32\ntoskrnl.exe Status:0x0000098. I have the option to restart or enter WinSetup [EMK Enabled] (I could be wrong on the exact, EMK acronym?) If I chose that option, a screen appears with; Edit Boot Order for: Windows Setup path:\Windows\System32\boot\winload.exe The part I am able to edit is the following string; [ /MININT /REDIRECT RDWKGEOFFSET=8192 RDIMAGELENGTH=3161088 RDPATH=multi(0)disk(0)partition(1)\sources\boot.win ...As far as I would know, that doesn't appear to be a file path and I am stumped. I do not have the original recovery disk. I ran an extended WMD and everything came back with no errors. I would hope I could edit the preceding string to point, instead to the USB port containing the bootable ... Read more

A:can't format hdd for clean win7 install due to ntoskrnl.exe issues...

Your install media has become corrupted. You need to rebuild your USB Flash drive.
If you have an DVD disc of Win7 Ultimate 64bit, on another computer,create an ISO image using IMGBurn in my signature. Then use Rufus, also in my signature, to Burn the ISO to your Flash Drive.
Boot with the Flash drive, choose your Language, choose Custom Install. When it shows the drive to install Windows, choose Drive Options, and Delete all the partitions on the drive so the whole drive is Unallocated Space. Then choose Install. Windows will automatically create the partitions and format them.

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I have performed a Windows 8 x64 in my L702X. There are 2 issues pending. I can't install my AVERMEDIA TV TUNER, because Windows 8 could not find any driver and DELL DRIVER Page doesn't not provide it. What should I do?
And the second issue is about my WIFI adapter. It was installed with the drivers provided at the Dell's webpage but it could not find the multiple adapters as shown at Windows 7. So I cannot do the myWIFI internet connection sharing. What should I do?
Thanks in advance.

A:L702X Windows 8 Clean Install

Hi Guiboos,
One of the following drivers should install the 'Avermedia TV Tuner' in your laptop:1. AVerMedia H339 Hybrid Analog/DVB-T: http://dell.to/XkYN71 2. AVerMedia H339 Hybrid Analog/ATSC TV tuner: http://dell.to/VsLXDi
XPS L702x laptop is shipped with a variety of wireless cards. Please share the system information and the current status of 'Device Manager' so that I may help you with correct device drivers. A screenshot of the 'Device Manager' page will help. You may want o refer to the following steps to access device manager:- Switch to 'Desktop Mode' and type 'devmgmt.msc' (without quotations)- Tap < Enter > to view 'Device Manager' page- Capture details of any devices with 'yellow mark or an exclamation mark'- Expand 'Network Adapters' and capture details of devices with 'yellow mark/exclamation mark'. (Apart from the information, please capture a screenshot of this page and post it in your reply)
I have added you as a friend. Please accept my friend request by clicking on my name highlighted in blue and then click on 'Friends' tab at the top and then click on 'Request to Review' and finally click on 'Accept' button.I am sending you a private message as well. Click on 'Inbox' to respond to the message and provide the system's 'Service Tag' so I may access your system records and check for further course of action. You could also click on Sta... Read more

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,


A:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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Hey guys. I want to format my whole HDD (5 years of accumulated crap is not good for a system), and reinstall XP fresh as a daisy.

Problem is, the setup screen does not allow me to format my whole HDD, only one of the two partitions. I have C, which is Windows and a few other programmes, and D which is mostly music storage etc. When trying to delete the C partition, it tells me it has files neccasary to the installation on it, and so can not delete it. However, the rest of the HDD is formatted nicely.

The C partition is full of junk, some viruses I can't get rid of, and 5 years of a 7 (now 12) year olds downloading sprees and uninstallation by deletion. Makes for one hell of a mess.

So, how can I wipe the whole HDD and start fresh? I have my genuine CD key, an XP installation CD for my version, Home (which I did have to download, since I was not given any with the computer. It's still legal, right? Since I do own a genuine copy?), I have everything I want to keep backed up, and I have the motherboard drivers on a CD (since the computer does not have a floppy drive).

Do I need anything else before I wipe it? And how do I wipe it when I am read to do so?

Thanks for any help,

A:Can't format HDD and do clean reinstall.

Also, I use a SATA disc drive, but do not have a floppy drive (I can rip one out of another comp if needs be). I heard that the SATA drive needs drivers installed before Windows can be installed, since it can not recognise SATA drives right off the bat. Will this matter if I already have Windows installed?

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i , I had the same problem befor I did FULL FORMAT + Clean Windows XP Pro install.

My Computer Folder is keeping opening non stop, I close it - it opens again <-- non stop.
I cant watch movies/do my work. A curse ? new virus around?
I think it happened after the last Windows Update (not 100% sure)
At start I had FreeSeller virus infected and got rid from it with VundoFix.
I have last drivers+last Windows Updates
I disabled those service from services.msc and few twekas for better perfomance:

Automatic Updates
Background Intelligent Transfer
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinater
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility
IMAPI CD-Burning
Indexing Service
IPSEC Services
Net Logon
Net Meeting
Remote Desktop Sharing
Network DDE
Network DDE DSDM
Portable Media Serial Number
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Secondary Logon
SSDP Discovery Service
Telnet Themes
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Wireless Zero Configuration
WMI Performance Adaptor

I have uploaded the logs from the scans :
please Help me

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I am thinking that I may have to do a complete format and reinstall of my computer.

Is the best way to do this a DOS fomat command..like Run>cmd>C: then Format /s ?

Then put in the XP disk and reinstall?

A:Clean format and reinstall...advice?

Nope.. If you want to do a clean install and have any and all files backed up just set your BIOS to boot from the CD first, put in the XP disk and follow the prompts. You will come to a place where it asks you to format..Say yes and choose NTFS ..

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I have a Inspirion n5010. Recently My HDD got corrupted and I replaced it with a new one. When I rebooted my machine, it requested for the recovery disks, which I used and able to reboot my win 7. However its only showing the c: drive with 60 gb of space which I initially partitioned.
I want to increase my c:drive however have to use any 3rd party software to increase it. So I was thinking of to do a fresh clean format of my Win 7 Home Premium and then do a fresh partition. I have the Factory USB Image with me which I made through Dell DataSafe. I have complete backup of my machine. Please suggest if I am good to go for the format and what steps I Need to do for a clean format of my machine.

A:How to do a clean format and reinstall windows 7

sushantdas,Click the links below for installing Windows 7. There is also a link below for information on how to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows 7.Windows 7 SupportHow to Format and Reinstall Windows 7

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As I understand it (I was reading this thread Need HDDErase That will work with SATA ...), clean all writes all sectors to 0 on a disk. As I understand from post #13 by Brink, full format will set aside bad sectors so the disk uses only the good sectors when written. Does clean all have the same effect of cleaning up bad sectors, or is it purely for security by writing zeros?

A:Diskpart's clean all versus Full Format

Hello Mike,

A full format would only format the selected partition on a HDD.

A Clean All command would wipe all partitions and information on the entire HDD, and do a secure erase on the HDD to help prevent the data from being to be recovered.

Hope this helps,

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I want to perform a clean install because my computer has lost its devices and the registry has been corrupted. Is a reinstall the same as a full clean reinstall? Can i perform a full clean install without the official instalation disc? Could i write my own version? DOes window have a download pack like that?

Thanks for any and all help.

A:Full clean reinstall for a laptop that came with windows preloaded.

Hello and welcome roobosh

You cannot do a clean install if you dont have the windows installation disk. But if you have the system/factory restore disk of OEM manufacturer, you can perform a factory restore, which is as good as a clean install; it will bring your computer back to the state when you purchased it.

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Hello,Some time ago I've been infected with some rootkits. I mainly fix them with MBAM but it remains one in ADS in c:\windows\system32\autochk.exe... Combofix detect a rootkit inside (not in the ADS but in the main stream), delete the file and restore it from dllcache BUT, when I run Combofix again It find autochk infected... and so on... (I delete all autochk from HD and restore it from CD, but it turn into infected again...)I noticed that a few times when I CLEAN reboot, the scandisk run and fix some files descriptors for some files... Generally It doesn't run scandisk when I CLEAN boot...I didn't find any suspicious process using GMER and IceSword (and a lot of others rootkit revealers...)I deactivate autochk.exe/scandisk (doing this with a key in registry)I though rootkit took place into the autochk code and did a detour to the original code it puts away into the ADS...I haven't any dissasembler in place so I didn't retro enginering the autochk code to find out the rootkit.I tried many times with different tools to restore the MBR and Boot partition code... without success...So finally I did 3 clean sweep with two different tools from two different CD and reinstall XP...I install minimum stuff, Microsoft updated and KIS 2010... and run Combofix again...It find out that autochk is infected !IMPORTANT : My installation CD of XP is done from nLite (because Microsoft is not able to put ICH8 Intel controler into native XP SP2 CD !PS.... Read more

A:Rootkit ??? : autochk.exe infected again after clean sweep, format and reinstall XP !

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you let... Read more

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I apologize if this question has already been posted, but I would like to know if I can do a clean reinstall of Windows 7 on my Lenovo ThinkPad Edge from a Dell Reinstallation DVD? I used Magical Jelly Beak Keyfinder to find the Win7 CD key on my laptop. I'm just concerned that inputting this CD key will affect the reinstallation process since its a Dell DVD that I'm reinstalling from. I've found similar posts online, but their main problem seems to be using a Dell OEM key on a Lenovo laptop (which is not the case in my situation).

Thanks for all the help!

A:Clean reinstall Win7 on Lenovo from Dell DVD

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
This is good to start with,
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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About a month ago I built my first PC and had some BSOD issues which I am getting help with on this forum. We decided it was a good idea to try a clean reinstall of Win7. So I did and now I have tried to enter my product key again and it tells me that the product key is not valid. I did check and recheck that it was typed correctly. Heres the BSOD thread for more info:
Random BSOD New build 0x800... event id 1001
Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Windows Product Key Hash: KeYfcvXg/a1Q01x73+f8IL/JC4Y=
Windows Product ID: 00359-112-0000007-85386
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {6AAAA5DE-E891-4D6B-9B40-BC5AB793EB6D}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Non-valid product key after Clean reinstall win7

Hi kenh536

The Key you're using is a Windows 7 Home Premium default key that can't be activated . Please use the key that came with the disc .

Product Key Number - Change

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Following the clean oem reinstall tutorial to a tee, I finally got the Recovery Management to start copying files to system and completing to 100%, which took only 12+ hrs. The next step of restoring and updating system started and has been running 14+ hrs and is only at 27%... Slow as Hades is an understatement. Something isn't right. Should I let it keep going till it fails or finishes? Or start it over? Any help with this decision greatly appreciated.

A:Win7 oem clean reinstall is slow as HADES!!!

Why are you using the recovery manager ? Why aren`t you donig a clean install like the tutorial instrucs you to ?

What exactly are you trying to do ?

Did you install windows as per the tutorial ?

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Dell states that the XPS17 is not being tested for Win 10 upgrade !!!!
How is this possible????
This top-of-the-line computer cost nearly $3000, and is barely 3-years old, and Dell has the audacity to not support it with the latest Microsoft operating system ????  Inconceivable!
Here's an excellent reason to never buy a Dell product!!!!  This type of 'designed  obsolescence' does not bode well for any company in today's competitive environment.
Perhaps a forum member can suggest if any Win 10 drivers will work . . .

A:Win 10 drivers for XPS17 L702X

Windows 10 should have all the drivers you need built in.
As for time, 3 years is generally the dividing line between supported and "end of life" or "legacy".  It's used by most other vendors as well - apple in particular.  You can in fact not buy a warranty longer than three years on Apple hardware -- at 3 years old, Apple calls the system "ancient history".
And the L702x series is about five years old -- so it's long been end of life.

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it seems the windows 10 anniversary edition does not like this laptop, after it updated several things did not function even after reloading drivers. so i restored my last known win 10 edition that worked and away i went.
however the dell support assist application does not work or complete it install successfully and the dell quick test on their website also will not complete. it gets to "gathering tests" and stops. support assist when clicked will open the splash screen but after a few seconds just goes away and nothing opens.. i have downloaded the latest edition of support assist too.
any ideas or help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hey everyone, I've had my XPS 17 (L702X) NON-3D for several months and have enjoyed it so far. When I bought it I ordered it with 4GB ram with the intent of going to 16GB. I was told by 3 different Dell people when I was ready to upgrade to 16GB of ram I would have no problem. Later as everyone knows this was not the case, only the 3D version had 4 DIMMS for ram. So when I received my laptop one of the first things I did was put in 8GB ram and it's been going strong every since.
Recently I received a email from Newegg about a "FRIDAY ONLY: Ultra-SECRET Black Friday Deals!" in that add they had some CORSAIR 16GB (2 x 8G) DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory on sale. When I first recieved my laptop I looked all over for 2 - 8G sticks and could not find it anywhere so I was really supprised when I seen this. I went ahead and ordered it since it was only on sale for 24 hours, I figured if it didn't work I could send it back or ebay it. Anyone know why these wouldn't work? Thanks

A:16GB ram in my XPS17 (L702X) NON 3D

I have this laptop, non-3D version and only two slots using 2 8GB DDR3 SODIMMS.  They are matching PATRIOT sticks.  It works great and no issues at 16GB Ram.  The Intel chipset specs says it supports up to 16GB and that is true when using either the 2 or 4 slot motherboard.  Honestly I have not tried 4 slots with 4 8GB SODIMMS because my system on has the two.  Also I have this working with two external screens and the internal screen at the same time.  I have to boot with them all connected and it works using the Nvidia 555M.  The Intel disables itself.  Best laptop ever.  I love it.

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Hello Folks,

I have the 1600x900 glossy non 3D/non Touch screen in my L702x. Now I'd like to upgrade to a Non 3D Full HD 1920x1080 matte screen.
Is that hardwarewise possible or do I need a different motherboard for that?

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I have an older Dell xps17 L702x laptop that the hard drive failed on so I replaced it with an SSD, at the same time I upgraded the ram to 16mb - man this thing is a tank and heavy but it runs SUPER fast now!
The two quirks I can't figure out since reinstalling windows 7 home premium are my touchpad, and fans.
I need drivers for the touchpad but I can't seem to find them via the detect laptop thru dell website, every driver I could find I did install off the dell drivers support website including updating the bios, but it's seeing my touchpad as a generic windows mouse with a driver from 2006 so in control panel I don't have features and functions like I used to for that touchpad.
I am not even sure how to detect what touchpad I have or what the proper driver is for it, I removed the driver restarted but it installed the same generic windows mouse drivers for it.
Before I get into the fans issue, everything seems to run fine and cool, until I open certain programs like firefox, then it runs about 80% speed and generates some heat to the vents, I have cleaned out inside and even re-applied a new thin even coat of some arctic silver, most of the time I don't even have fans going but something simple like firefox suddenly will send it racing for no reason, even in task manager I am showing almost no resource use for cpu (under 10) and memory I have headroom for days, so it doesn't make much sense (it's been a while since I had used this due to that de... Read more

A:XPS17 L702X Touchpad Drivers and Fan Control

install drivers after OS install starting with chipset first

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This started like a month ago when I tried to boot my laptop but instead I was getting this 4 beep code (RAM read/write failure). What I did then was removing/switching memory modules until I found one of them wasn't working (the one on DIMM A slot). So, I order new RAM, install it and laptop works fine for about two weeks.
Just today I tried to boot and got the 4 beep code again. Same old: remove one module, test, replace the module, test...but this time whenever I fill the DIMM A slot the laptop won't boot (4 beep code of course). I can use any of my RAM sticks on DIMM B and the computer will work fine, which means that my memory sticks aren't bad.
I'd appreciate any ideas,


FYI, I have 3 4GB RAM modules, 2 of them are the Corsair RAM I recently bought and the other one came originally with the laptop (Hynix)

A:XPS17 L702X 4 beep code when 2nd RAM module is installed

Sounds like one memory socket has gone bad -- you will need to replace the system board.

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I've got a Dell xps17 702x with service tag <ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed as per privacy policy>,  and keep getting warnings of running. Out of disk space. I'd hoped tthat 2x500GB would be enough but photos and music take a lot of space. 

What is the biggest capacity of hard disks that I can put in my laptop? I'd also like to change the boot  disk for an SSD.  I've looked on the Dell site for my service tag,  and it only offers 640GB HDD or 500GB SSD,  which isn't enough. I cannot find anything that tells me whether there is a designed maximum capacity.  For example,  could I put a 2TB drive in? 

A:What is max capacity of replacement hard disk for xps17 L702x

All current notebook drives that will physically fit the system will work - at 2T the only drive that will fit is the Seagate/Samsung Spinpoint M9T.  That's the only 9.5 mm 2T  out there.  All the other 2T drives (and most over 1T) are 12.5 mm or taller drives that won't physically fit into the system.

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My current situation:
C: 1.97gb/109mb free/Healthy System//xp pro installed (stupid me)
D: 4.87gb/3.10gb free/Healthy Boot//xp pro installed
G: 12.1gb free/Healthy/nothing on it yet.

*3 are logical drives on one physical drive

I want to delete all partitions and put everything at C: and install xp on it. How am I able to this? Or do you have any of your suggestions about on how to manage the space. Last time I accidently installed xp on c, and it lagged like hell! Any help appreciated. Thanks!

A:Want to Install/format/CLEAN

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I am trying to format and install windows xp fresh on my dell inspiron 4100 notebook. I put in the cd restart the computer and change the book selection in the bios so it reads the cd first but it says there is no bootable disk. Someone please help me thanks

A:Format, clean install XP

Are you using the disc Labeled 'Windows XP Operating System'?
Is it an original Dell disc?

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There's posts on this, but i need personal response.
my hard-drive is a complete mess in my opinion, and i want to just re-do everything.
1- how do i format my hard-drive.
2- can i just insert the CD/DVD into my drive, will it install.

A:Format and clean install

See here- SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Hi people, i need your help installing my XP Pro SP3! I put in my installation CD, then i choose F11 for Boot Menu and after that i Shift-Tab. After that they give me two different keys to press (r) or (p) PXE. I choose to press the second one and then i see three different drives i have to choose to boot the CD which are the following and also written in the BIOS Boot Sequency

-1st Boot Device: IDE-0: WD1600jB-22GVA0
-2nd Boot Device: IDE-1: WD1200JB-00GVA0
-3rd Boot Device: CD-DVD: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4165

I tried them all hoping they would work. Problem is, if im correct, the first and the third do -press any key to boot CD, which do but then nothing happens the computer starts up as it usually does..
The second one says boot failure..

I don't know if i should set my BIOS settings differently please tell me if something's wrong i was really hoping to get my new version of Windows up.. >_<

A:Need help with full clean install Windows XP Pro SP3!

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As the title states, every time I have gone through the install I still end up with old windows files and an option to boot Win 8 or "older version" I have deleted all partitions on the drive and selected the format option (twice now) but each time the Windows 8 install completes I am presented with this option. This is using a full version Windows 8 disc, not an upgrade.

How can I get past this or get a completely clean install? The old version isn't even complete - it's actually from an aborted install start-up from XP that was inadvertently run as I swapped drives and tried to fix and issue on the machine. Otherwise this disc isn;t even an OS disc, it was used for storing music files as a second drive
I also tried a reformat with Ubuntu and someone on another forum suggested a format from the repair option out of the Win 8 setup (I had previously done so from the install option - deleting all partitions, formating, then installing). The disk looked clean but as soon as I boot, it launches back into the XP setup or if I boot from the Win 8 disc and install Windows 8, still ends up with the dual OS option. I don't understand how a repartitioned/reformatted disk is retaining these Windows setup/system files.

A:Cannot get a clean install w/ full Win 8 disc

1-Try a clean install again; however, this time, delete all partitions and when you get to 100% unallocated, just click NEXT (instead of the format option) and allow the installer to cretae the proper partition structure for you. This will get you a proper clean install of Windows 8.

Clean Install - Windows 8

2-Now, the next issue of select Win 8 or older version popping up. If you still get this option, your old XP (or Ubuntu) remnants are still being recognized as a valid OS (for dual boot purposes). Now, if you correctly performed the above procedure, that information must be coming from a second hard drive and/or a dual boot bios arrangement (the latter I have no experience with). So, if a second hard drive exists, and it only contains a fragmented OS, you could simply format that hard drive in Disk Management once you get into Win 8.

In summary, lacking any specs and/or any information related to your specific hardware configuration, this is my best guess. Good luck.

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I've reformatted my daughters Acer laptop after continually getting the BSOD DRIVER_1RQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
She still is getting the errors and we have just run the memtest application which found no errors with the memory, all drivers have been updated.
I've enclosed the minidump file and would appreciate someones help to read the file please.
Thanks in advance

A:Format and clean install of XP & still getting BSOD

The problem is occurring within NDIS.SYS (Windows network driver interface), Therefore make sure your network drivers are updated, Also if you are using a wireless adapter/card, remove it to see if makes any difference.

Remove any third party firewall applications and use windows firewall at least for purposes of this debugging.

Post your system specs.

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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 100000D1, {47b, 2, 1, f8398f0f}

[B]Probably caused by : NDIS.sys ( NDIS!ndisMDpcX+27) [/B]

Followup: MachineOwner

kd> !analyze -v
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* Bugcheck Analysis *
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how do you get 64bit? on clean install after format

A:How do you get 64bit? on clean install after format

If you are upgrading from Vista x64 then you can upgrade to W7 x64 as opposed to formatting and clean installing.

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I clean formatted my Toshiba satellite L745d -s4230 (psk16u) with amd radeon 6520g , a6-3400 vision apu with radeon ,HD graphics 1.40 GHz
4gb ram
windows 7 home premium 64-bit
I played heroes of newerth on my laptop ,but after formatting it I experienced some lag in game.

A:Things to install after a clean format!

Things to install after a clean format!

One of the first things I'd recommend is an anti-virus suite that also includes anti-spyware. A few of the free products recommended are:

Microsoft Security Essentials

Avast Free

Comodo AV Free

Since no anti-virus product is 100% effective 100% of the time (if ther was such a thing we'd all be using it) it's also suggested that you have another on-demand scanner that can double check your computer in case something slipped by your primary anti-virus. Malwarebytes is highly recommended here.


Any time you download software, especially free software, read the download info carefully. Companies may try to download other things like browsers, toolbars, etc that you may not want and that may cause problems for your computer.

As far as any other programs thaat you need to install, that really depends on how you use your computer. For example, doo you do a lot of photo editing? Do you need a full office suite? Rather than try to figure out eveything you need and install it right away, wait until you need something and then ask around for suggestions.

In the meantime, to help try to get back your computer's speed, take a look through this tutorial on how to optimize Windows 7. You may find that some of the suggestions like Disk Cleanup, Defragment, etc.

Optimize Windows 7

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Ok i have 2 hard drives on my pc (C: and D: ) my main hard drive with all the settings and program files is C:. so if i use clean install windows 7 will i still be able to keep my D: drive without anything being deleted off it??


A:Windows Seven Clean install format

Yes, and to make sure the second disk is not touched while reinstalling, just unplug it before you perform the installation.

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i forgot to format during the clean install. i really wanted to since i have a lot of games i dont play anymore. i can see that windows.old exists in c drive. i dont want to reinstall, but i want the files to be as small as possible. would they be a lot smaller if i formatted? i have something like 150gb of stuff on my computer.

A:forgot to format during clean install

Hello and welcome to the forums.

Which files are you talking about to be as small as possible?

If you got all the files you need frmo the Windows.old folder, you can delete it.

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So much time has passed since one of my computers was new - programs installed and uninstalled, system crashes and fixes, malware and spyware found and removed, etc. I want to start again with a reformat and fresh install of my original XP Home. I have the Windows XP disk and the serial number. I have SP2 on a cd from Microsoft,
Is there something I can download and burn into a CD while the computer can still go online to speed-up the downloading of critical updates published since SP2 was released? Some way to minimize the searching for updates, the downloading of updates, the constant reboot requirements, etc?
This particular computer has a second hard drive (250GB) installed. What specific files should I copy to the second disk so as to backup my important data?

A:Format drive and Clean Install of XP

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Hi I currently have vista 32bit, and have win7 upgrade disc soon will do a clean instal of win7 64 once i have finished backin up my files. Once i have i will be doing the install which should be in the next 2 days.

My main drive has 2 partitions. C, which has the vista OS on it, a few other key programs and is about 39Gb, The other partition is D and has the remaining ~250GB and has most of my prgrams/games installed on it. Before i upgrade i will be increase the size of C's partition to about 60GB

I am to upgrade to 64bit through clean install which will wipe the C partition just leaving the windows.old folder which i will delete after install. I also would like to format the D partition so that has been wiped of all files aswell.

My question is can the formating of the D partition be done during the instalation of Windows 7 through 'drive options(advanced)' which I read somwhere is what you do to format a partition? or does it have to be done somewhere else or some other time?

A:Clean install win 7 on one partition format other

Yes you can use the Win7 DVD to perform these partitioning and formatting issues. However, if you change the size of drive C, and "wipe it" as you said... there will be no windows.old folder!

For detailed info and instructions go to our Tutorials section and click on "P", there you will find all the info you need on partitioning!

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The only bonus of factory install I can see beside fixing windows issues (update issues) is it comes with Norton... which I hear isn't even as good as basic Microsoft essentiall?

Will I be seeing a huge speed boost with clean install? I mean is it possible extra running procces could be bogging down my cpu more then I know? Factory restore leaves computer slow thats for sure so would clean install be worth it?

I been debating it for awhile its just now the computer seems be running a lot better minus odd issues has with updating and with restarts which I can't be sure are not hardware what do you think

any worth to factory restall I a tiny bit worried of a missing driver thats not on there page if I were to clean install .... maybe I tend worry though so maybe im wrong and it go just fine and computer will stop with its very broad spectrum of errors

A:clean install or factory reinstall?

If you already have a clean install, and it's a happy one, then the re is no point in changing to a factory install.

Factory installs contain optimised drivers, but may also contain fluff,and things that could be considered malware - online games, and Norton for instance.

Norton (finally) uninstalls reasonably cleanly nowadays - but it's always a good idea to run the removal tool afterwards (similarly for all pre-installed AV's, always run their own removal tool afterwards)

Drivers aren't as much a problem as they used to be - most manufacturers now use drivers that are cut-down versions of the device manufacturer's own drivers, rather than the custom re-writes that used to be the case, so the device manufacturer's drivers are likely to be pretty much identical to the set in a factory install, and will probably be much more recent than either those, or any available of the computer manufacturer's site.

Note that Graphics drivers always tend to be 'special cases' - so I'd tend to use the computer manufacturer's drivers, rather then AMD or nVidia's, unless there's a problem which I know an update could solve.
If the machine is an Intel i-series using on-chip graphics, then use the Intel drivers, as they willl be fully compatible.

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I am having trouble with a clean reinstall of my Dell Vosotro 1400 Windows Vista SP1 32 bit.
To begin, there were many problems with the computer, and frequent messages indicating corrupt system files. Diagnostics showed no sign of hardware issues. So I did a clean installation from the Dell Reinstallation Disk (reinstall to factory settings). Things went well until, after installing many updates, I began to have problems with some of the ?important? updates. The two that will not install are:
I followed a number of troubleshooting steps, as recommended by Windows, as follows.

First, I downloaded a special tool (hotfix: Windows6.0-KkB947821-v10-x86) which it said might clear things up (did not).
Upon this failure, I then (as directed) ran setup.exe from the reinstallation disk to do a vista upgrade. This downloaded files, then stopped, saying I need to have SP 1 to do the upgrade. (The Reinstallation disk says SP 1, but the Basic Information Screen does not list SP1.)

I then decided to go to Dell support to look for driver updates. There were a number, but only one seemed relevant to the problem at hand, as it provided a system update (and was also rated as ?recommended?), so I downloaded it - System Utilities:Dell Notebook System Software Utility) and installed it. Still no luck installing updates.

Another troubleshooting message said to do a disk error check (did full error checking but no errors whatsoever). Tried the updates again ? still no lu... Read more

A:Can't install updates after a clean reinstall

You should install Vista SP2 instead of installing minor updates for SP1.Windows Vista SP2 standalone : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a4dd31d5-f907-4406-9012-a5c3199ea2b3&displaylang=en&pf=trueAfter that you can use Belarc Advisor free to see which updates are missing on your system

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I am having serious BSODs and none of the forums (internal hardware... Malware ) have been able to cure it.
I have already looked into the system repair using the install CD, but according to the program there was nothing to repair.
So, the next step I guess is to do a " clean install " using the full version CD.

I am almost to the point of a clean install just to rid myself of this nightmare.

boopme gave me a link to the step by step to do this and I am thankful for that.

I do have a couple of questions though.

Is it better to nuke the hard drive and start with a clean slate, or not, and when it comes to the part where you
are given the option at the partition decision, which is better......formatting the partition or just deleting and using one large one for every thing ?

And if you all have any hints or tips feel free to comment.



A:Vista Clean Install (full version)

If you choose to delete the partition then a new one is created and formatted during the install - if it's clean install I usually just choose this option, not that it makes a massive difference. As for partition size, really depends on the size of your hard disk and how you like to set these things up. You can save your data on a different partition which could potentially make things a little easier if you have problems with the windows install later on. But, it does not protect your data like another hard disk would (in the event of a hardware problem), it's still the same disk after all.

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Hey, I currently have Windows 7 Build 7264 64-bit, and I have a lot of apps installed. I don't want to lose them, so I want to upgrade. Can I do this with my specs? (64 bit, 7264) Upgrade to 7600 RTM.

If I can't, how can I keep my apps through a clean install?

A:Upgrade (not clean install) from Win7 7264 to Win7 RTM?

should be able to upgrade...
but if you cant upgrade, you can always use windows easy transfer? or something ( I never used it b4)
Clean installation is ALWAYS the best. Upgrading causes a lot of errors.
Also, just ot let you know, windows 7 7600 is MUCH more stable than any earlier windwos 7 builds (explorer and ie stop crashing0!!!)

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Having removed the Vista HD from the computer I was running as a dual OS with Win 7, I refitted it to it's original machine. Using my original (Genuine) Vista Home Premium installation disc I attempted to carry out a ''Clean Install'' however, after a few moments the installation stops and a message say's ''No Drivers Found''. Can someone possibly explain this event to me?.

A:Clean Install Failure

Are you deleting all the partitions on the drive and making a new one?

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I forgot my password. My OS is Windows 2000 NT Prof. I have CD to reinstall, but I don't know how to do, because I can't get past the box that asks for password.

Please Help.


A:How 2 Format Hard Drive for Clean Install?

Sorry, but here at this site we are restricted from giving help with password issues- we have no way to verify what is going on, so I hope you understand. You should be able to find help with a search like Google, though.

I am Closing this thread as it is against TSG Rules to give help for this issue.

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So I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled win7 ultimate 64bit.  I reinstalled chipset drivers from motherboard disc, and got computer up and running.  Seems like everything was ok, until I attempt to launch any program or change websites etc.  For instance, when I attempted to post this request for help after searching through the forums, chrome attempted to crash and asked me if I wanted to kill the page due to it being unresponsive.  If there is a test or something I should run, I am willing to try.  I just know that this PC is making me think of words you wouldnt say in church at the present time. 

A:Disk format, clean install, everything is slow.

MiniToolBox by Farbar  Version: 14-04-2015
Ran by Adam (administrator) on 22-04-2015 at 22:33:15
Running from "C:\Users\Adam\Downloads"
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate  Service Pack 1 (X64)
Model: System Product Name Manufacturer: System manufacturer
Boot Mode: Normal
========================= Flush DNS: ===================================
Windows IP Configuration
Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.
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Proxy is not enabled.
No Proxy Server is set.
"Reset IE Proxy Settings": IE Proxy Settings were reset.
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Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller = Local Area Connection (Connected)
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# IPv4 Configuration
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pushd interface ipv4
set global icmpredirects=enabled
# End of IPv4 configuration
Windows IP Configuration
   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Adam-PC
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : 
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
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Hi, I was having issues getting Windows 7 onto a fresh SSD (problems with partitioning and formatting drive) so, as recommended in another forum, I did a clean install of Vista on the drive and then did a clean install of Windows 7. The only problem is that I forgot to format the drive prior to doing the clean install of Windows 7. There are a few questions I have now that I'm in this position:

(1) I see that there is a second Windows folder called Windows.old (or something to that effect; I'm not in front of the box right now). Did Vista leave a bunch of files behind even though I did a clean install? Can/should I manually remove these, and maybe other, files? What other files might exist that I should get rid of?

(2) I now have a dualboot option screen. There are two options: Vista and some non-OS option (I want to say Ramdisk, but I know that's wrong. It's something strange like that). What exactly is this option and how do I get rid of it?

(3) Would I be better suited to just re-do the entire process, but this time with a format before the Windows 7 install? I'm concerned that if I did the format, I might run into the problems I was having before with installing Windows 7 (the installation was unable to format the drive).

(4) Is there a standard partition size for the partition needed for system files? I did not readjust the partition after Vista created what it needed to. It's something over 1GB. Should I make any adjustments or just leave it?

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A:Clean install from Vista, but forgot to format

Hi, if you did not want anything on the Vista drive that you forgot to format, then just delete the Windows Old file.

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I have not created any partitions. I believe Windows Vista is on my C: drive so I should definitely format that. I'm not sure if I need to also format my D: drive.My D: drive has a recovery partition that says "Warning! This area of your hard drive (or partition) contains files used for your PC Recovery. Do not delete or alter these files." Does this mean I need to leave D: alone, or should I format D: because it would probably only restore me to Vista, and I'm installing Windows 7. Also, I've already made the recovery discs. One of the guides to clean installing Windows 7 says to delete partitions. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatingsys...l-part-1_11.htmI was under the impression, that I am just supposed to format them. Other guides have said to format drives, but have not gone into detail on how to do it. The site above was the one that had the most detail.

A:Which drives to format during clean install of Windows 7?

Well, the Recovery partition is there to restore your computer to factory settings. Yes, if you used it, it would return it to the factory setting of Vista.

It is best to just leave this alone, and only format your C: drive when installing Windows 7.

If you were to ever sell the computer, you would likely return it to factory settings, and this partition would facilitate that much easier.

Also, you would likely only gain about 15GB or so of space if you formatted it, as well. To get a better idea of what your drive looks like, go to the Start Menu and type:


and hit Enter. This Disk Management window shows you your drives and partition in detail you cannot get in a regular Windows Explorer window. You would not hurt your computer by deleting this partition when you install 7, but there isn't much to gain.

I don't recommend formatting this Recovery partition, but if you feel like you need the extra space, if is safe to do so. It's your choice.

Enjoy Windows 7!

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Hi All

Another one...I just formatted my C-Drive and installed a fresh copy of windows 7 ultimate on it. After restart, I got the following screen - See image attached. Now Windows can't boot at all. I tried using a system repair disk but it doesn't work. I doubt if it is a hardware problem, since I can access the boot menu and its options, but as I said, running the repair disk fails, I keep on getting that screen when it restarts.

Any ideas? Can it be my MBR that is screwed? What options do I have available?

Thank you very much!

A:Windows 7 won't boot after format and clean install

Hi Dave,

Is this an OEM or Retail Windows 7? Have you tried rebooting a few times? Do any BIOS POST messages display during bootup, or does it proceed direcdtly to these characters?


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Decided I've got so much rubbish on my computer that I would do a clean install of xp.

I booted the computer and altered the the boot sequence to boot from CD. I got the request to hit any key to boot from CD which I did.

I then got a blank black background saying it was checking the computers hardward config.

The screen then changed to the BSOD with the words 'windows setup' in the top left hand corner. And so it remained. Nothing else just a blue screen with windows set up on it. I tried several times including pressing enter when the BSOD appeared but it refuses to go any further. Any ideas?

Fortunately all is not lost. I switched off and the computer boots into windows normally, hey ho



A:Format Drive and Clean Install Windows xp

The blue screen with windows setup on it is normal..It just sitting there doing nothing isn't. Does the CD have any serious scratches on it?

Instead of formatting you could try http://www.ccleaner.com/ It is a free pc/registry scanner that will fix errors.

Most of the time when a pc slows down it is because the registry/HD is all mucked up from installing, uninstalling, downloading, deleting stuff from your pc. Spyware, adware, malware, and all the other types of the bad "wares" as well as viruses and trojans are other causes.

Also you will want to do a disk cleanup by..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools-> Disk cleanup.

Also try deleting your internet browser stuff..Click tools on the internet explorer window -> Internet options -> Under the browsing history section click delete and this brings up the delete browsing history window. Clear temporary internet files at least or click delete all.

You could also defrag your HD..click start -> all programs -> accessories -> System tools -> Disk Defragmenter.

If you aren't using any kind of spyware software go here http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php download and install it..run it and update the definitions file then do a full system scan and fix any objects it finds.

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Once you get to the Custom (Advanced) tab of Windows 7 clean install there are options to delete the partition, format, etc. Assuming I want to delete all of my partitions so that I have one large volume C: is it best to delete the partitions first and then format? Why would someone do one over the other (or both?) Right now I have a C: partition and a D:RECOVERY partition. I want to delete the D: partition and combine it to the C: partition.

Don't they do the same thing? Why do you need to format after you delete a partition ? Do I also delete the C: partition and "re-create" it? What about the term "Unallocated Space"

I apologize if these are easy questions but I feel this is the most important step of my clean install.. I plan on doing this once I boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

A:Delete the partition or format during clean install?

Unallocated space is the easiest one. It is space on the HDD that is not part of any partition. Simple enough to understand. When you format a partition, you erase everything on that one partition, and set it up to be written to (leaving it as a partition), while leaving other partitions untouched. If you delete a partition, everything on it will be erased and it will become unallocated space, which will need to be formatted before written to. For what you want to do, you will need to delete both partitions. When you delete more than one partition, it becomes a big hunk of unallocated space. You can then make as many partitions from that unallocated space as you wish. If you merely reformat, without deleting the partitions, you end up with the same two partitions you had before, with the exact same size. Any other questions?

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