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Would reinstalling Windows 7 require formatting of additional hard drives?

Q: Would reinstalling Windows 7 require formatting of additional hard drives?

Pretty much what the title says.
I have a few hard drives (E, F, G), with a lot of data and programs installed on them, connected to my computer right now. Would I have to format them if I decide to re-install Windows on the system?

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A: Would reinstalling Windows 7 require formatting of additional hard drives?


In Short- No. However, it is always recommended to physically disconnect all other drives besides the one you are installing on. Also, if the drive that you are reinstalling on has multiple partitions, MAKE SURE that you choose the right one when reinstalling windows.

Also, just so you know, to do a full reinstall, choose "custom install" in the menu from the windows install disk. Also note that a reinstall will mean that you have to reinstall all programs that you currently have.



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So I recently upgraded my entire computer accept for my hard drives, wanting to keep my old data. To preserve my old data, I deleted all of my drivers in the computer. However, I was told I would have to do a clean install anyway. I'm fine with that, and
am willing to do that now. 
My issue is, I tried reinstalling windows 10 with a bootable usb, and it didn't quite work. 
I booted my system from the usb, and went to windows. I didn't have an activation key, because I lost the activation key that I got from 4 years ago. I picked the option "I don't have an activation key" and windows said I installed windows 10 sometine
in october. I assumed this meant that windows had recognized that I had a legitimate copy and reinstalled after I chose windows 10 Pro 64bit. The problem is, when I restarted my computer, windows got stuck in a "getting ready" loop for an hour, and
then gave me an error message stating that I would have to reinstall windows 10.

I haven't installed the motherboard drivers yet, as someone told me that I would have to install the operating system first.

Please help!
EDIT: so I got windows 10 to work and it's running, but I have no drivers for anything. Do I need to install the stuff on my motherboard's disc that came with it? Can I find drivers on the internet and install them from there?

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hi all.
i have 3 or 4 2.5 inch drives laying around.
the drives are of different capacity starting from 250gb to 1tb.
there is 1 250gb ssd also in the lot.
is there such a solution which will take all the 3 to 4 drives and make them as 1 big external drive?

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I have a problem on my Windows 7 machine that I can't figure out. The system has 5 hard drives (2 1TB and 3 500GB), a quad core AMD Phenom, 4GB of RAM, an Asus Mobo, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU.

I had everything up and running for a few weeks and now my two 1TB drives don't show up in explorer. The other 3 drives are working well. The only thing I did was move the PC into another room. I shut down, switched off the PSU and then unplugged it.

All HDDs show in the BIOS and in Disk Management. In DM the two problem drives do not have drive letters and the option to assign is grayed our. In fact all options except delete and help are inop.

I have run the WD disk tool and Spinrite and neither has found any problems with the drives. I have also disconnected and shuffled the power and SATA cables, disconnecting the good 500s to see if it was a power problem - no help.

As a near last resort, I slicked my system drive and installed a fresh W7. Same problem.

I'm hoping that there is some alternative to formatting them and loosing 1.5TB of data.

Any ideas?

A:Additional Hard Drives Inaccessable

Quote: Originally Posted by roar76

I have a problem on my Windows 7 machine that I can't figure out. The system has 5 hard drives (2 1TB and 3 500GB), a quad core AMD Phenom, 4GB of RAM, an Asus Mobo, and a Thermaltake 500W PSU.

I had everything up and running for a few weeks and now my two 1TB drives don't show up in explorer. The other 3 drives are working well. The only thing I did was move the PC into another room. I shut down, switched off the PSU and then unplugged it.

All HDDs show in the BIOS and in Disk Management. In DM the two problem drives do not have drive letters and the option to assign is grayed our. In fact all options except delete and help are inop.

I have run the WD disk tool and Spinrite and neither has found any problems with the drives. I have also disconnected and shuffled the power and SATA cables, disconnecting the good 500s to see if it was a power problem - no help.

As a near last resort, I slicked my system drive and installed a fresh W7. Same problem.

I'm hoping that there is some alternative to formatting them and loosing 1.5TB of data.

Any ideas?

All you need to do is to use a third party app like paragon disk suite to assign a drive letter.

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I've currently have 2 seagates hard drives running in my computer, as well as 2 CDRW/DVDRW drives. The only problem with this is that now i am unable to connect any additional drives to my mother board, as I've used all the free IDE slots(i think thats what it is called) in my motherboard.

Someone told me about some sort of PCI card that if i connect it to my computer, it would give me 2 additional IDE Slots, and that i could easily connect another large hard drive or additional drives to.

Please can anyone let me know the name of this type of card? or any good brands that i could use?

I really need to add an additional 300gig hard drive to free up some space on my system for downloads etc.

I've tried searching on google for it, but was unsure about the results, as the majority seemed to be for mac, and i need it to run on my windows xp system.

any advise would be much appriciated.

thank you.

A:PCI Card to add additional Hard drives

First you should check to see if your motherboard has any Serial ATA ports. If it does then you can get a SATA hard drive.

Or you can get an external USB drive.

If not then this is the card you are looking for: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816102007

Or to add SATA ports: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16815102102

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I have just done a clean install of Win 7 Pro 64bit on my PC after doing some upgrades...... It was a nightmare to get it even to install for some reason.....

For some reason, every time i log on, i get the message "Warning! No additional hard drives available for migration"

I have no idea how to eradicate the problem! I have googled and searched for the answer to no avail. It goes as soon as i click OK, but it is just irritating!

Does anyone have any idea how to solve this?

PC Specs are:

Intel: i7 3930K
M/B: Gigabyte G1 Assassin 2
Ram: 16GB Corsair Vengence
HDD: 2 x 120GB Corsair Force 3 in RAID0 (OS and some games)
HDD: 2 x 600GB Velociraptor in RAID0 (Main program location)

Vid: Gigabyte 580GTX

A:Error on Log in: No additional hard drives available for migration


Start your PC in safe mode and see if the error comes up then. It is probably a program starting when your PC turns on which is causing the error.

Enter Safe mode by pressing "F8" when the computer is starting up (Before Windows Starts) and select Safe Mode.

If you dont get the message then it will be a startup program or service. Let us know how you get on.

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Hey guys, I am going to replace or add an additional hard drive to my existing one and I am wondering if I should be looking for a certain type of hard drive or if any of them will do the job.

A:Do all additional hard drives work on all computers?

what is the make and model of your computer?

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Hi , I have set up a verton to test differnet hard drives , however when I connect different hard drives they power up but not recognised by the computer ? I check in Bios but dont see them either yet  the hard drives are Good ?Also I would like to speed this machine up . I appreciate its an older machine , but to me its exceptiuonally slow can anyone give me some pointers please ... I am running windows 7 ultimate and have to meg of RAM  also I not the hard drive has two partions . one for the operating system and also one for data ... this shows as two hard drives when I look ( C and D )    ... Is this correct ?     If anyone would like to give me some pointers and share their experience , it would be appreciated  Kind regards in advance .. Paul 

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I had win xp installed on my computer. the boot disk ive for win xp is not the original cd it is a copied version. now when im starting my computer using boot floppy it tells me no cd rom device drivers found. still i continue reformat my hard drive by typing format c: and at some point i also deleted all the partitions and creatd a new fat32 partition but after i format my hard drive and set my bios to cdrom and reboot my computer. it gives me a msg "invalid system disk error".

ive tried all ways to get this done but all in vain and im exhausted. i wud highly appreciate if you can point me in right direction. is the problem due to a copied version of xp that its not right away booting from cd or im missing cdrom drivers in my boot floppy??? or some other problem

A:help installing formatting my hard drive and reinstalling win xp

Help with illegal software is against forum rules, closing thread

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this question was asked b4, but i don't see that it was ever answered... any help is appreciated..

I have an extra internal hard drive that I installed and it is in NTFS format and I click on "sharing" on the properties tab, the "make this and all subfolders private" box, is blocked from clicking on it. What can I do to make this option unblocked so that I can make folders private in this extra interal hard drive?

thanks in advance...

A:Securing folders on additional internal hard drives

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Hey guys, weird problem here. The 2TB internal drive in my PC started slowly dying in December, and my brother got me an SSD for Christmas. I installed it, and it works amazing, flawlessly, and I love it. When I attempted to make my old dying drive a secondary hard drive, Windows recognized it fine (despite the SATA connection broken off) and I was able to salvage what I wanted from it. The speed of the transfer was blazing, and I was pretty happy, but I noticed Windows getting insanely laggy and sluggish.

The mouse would stop moving every few inches, and the keyboard would stop responding. Instead of normal lag, such as me typing this sentence, nothing happening, and then it appearing in full a few seconds later, when the lag would catch up...it would be a jumble of letters. For example, if I typed "wow my computer is going slow right now" it would come out "wom mpui gin sright n". That's a new type of lag for me, as my PC has never had issues. I assumed this was due to the death of the drive, and Windows having problems recognizing it or reading it. Sure enough, when I disconnected it, everything ran smoothly.

I have an iOmega 2TB external drive (LDHD-UP3 - don't judge, it was on sale) that I'm not too fond of but I use regularly for storage and backup. I usually have it plugged into the back of my PC, and this presents a whole other issue (which I need another thread for), but I've dealt with it fine and it normally works all rig... Read more

A:PC laggy and sluggish when connecting additional hard drives

I don't know the answer but will comment about the issue of lag in typing. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse and I know when the batteries need replacing because the keyboard behaves exactly like yours and the mouse stops moving the cursor properly. Maybe your issue's connected with the power being drawn when you have the two drives connected. Don't rush out and upgrade your psu though. I only switch on my usb external hard drive for the occasions I need it.

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I recently had to reinstall Windows XP on my C: drive due to a crash. I had a 60G internal F: drive and a 160G external G: drive. After reinstalling the OS, my additional drives are no longer recognized. They show as unformatted and are not accessible. The whole reason for having them was in case the C: drive crashed. Now what? How can I restore these drives to be used without reformatting them?

A:Additional hard drives no longer recognized after XP reinstall

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Hello, I'm about to format and do a clean install, I also want to install new flash bios drivers, but I don't have a clue about bios or the correct procedure necessary, Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Formatting Hard drive/reinstalling Flash Bios

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My system has been running fine for quite some time. I'm running Vista Ultimate on an ASUS P5ND2-SLI mobo.

I just picked up 2 new 500 GB SATA drives to use for data storage, RAID 1 . My OS will remain as is, on a single, non-raid drive.

I hooked up the two SATA drives and followed the instructions from my ASUS user guide:
With the BIOS, I enabled RAID and selected the drives.
With the NVIDIA Raid Utility I set up the RAID array as Mirrored and selected the drives. It seemed to go well.

But Vista does not recognize the two drives as a RAID array. It shows two distinct drives (this was with the Vista Disk Management Util and with Device Manager as well)

I called ASUS and got someone on the phone fairly quickly, although they informed me that I had done everything correctly so this must be a Vista issue. According to the ASUS rep, I do NOT need RAID drivers for Vista because the OS is not installed on the array.

Any ideas. Thanks for any help.

A:Vista doesn't see my additional hard drives as part of a RAID array

I would use the bios utilty to delete the array and re-create it.

Asus rep is wrong me thinks, you do need the raid drivers for the mirror to be seen correctly by the OS.

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Why is it that whenever someone gives us a PC, we can never seem to format the hard drive on it?

Brand does not seem to matter. We got a 1.2G hard drive, formatted it, and it's only 225MB. Or, we format it but can't get the PC to recognize it anymore.

We format, partition, then <sticks tongue out and makes disgusting noise>, nothing.

Is there something simple that we're missing?

A:Formatting hard drives.

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Hey guys!

So I have 33 Hard drives that I need to format. They are all IDE drives and I was wondering what the fastest way would be to format all of them? The only way I'm aware of is connecting it to a computer and putting the windows 7 install disk and formatting it via the install disc but it takes a LOT of times. IS there any way faster that someone can tell me? Thank you!

A:Formatting Hard drives.

Since they're all IDE's then you'll have to format them one at a time unless you had the equipment to mount them all at once.

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okay so I have this brand spanking new computer and I'm running Windows XP Professional

the partition I had the OS installed on was the Local C:// drive - however it became riddled with viruses that I couldn't seem to get rid of

So I went to just re-install a fresh copy of XP and accidentally, rather than formatting the existing partition and re-installing, I put the OS on another partition

So now my system is working fine and is running off the local G:// drive - but here's the kicker

the Local C:// drive is still showing when I open MyComputer - so I just wanted to format that C:// drive and use it for storage space rather than housing an additional copy of my OS on it

I right clicked the hard drive icon and tried to quick format but it wouldn't let me, so I tried to just plain old format the long way and still won't allow me to do it

So how do I wipe out the C:// partition without affecting any system function?

I also seem to be having some issues watching DVDs and writing any files to disc ... is this a problem with my CD Rom/DVD-RW drive or is it a software issue?

A:Formatting Hard Drives

Best thing to do at this stage is to reinstall XP again, this time delete all partitions and install XP. You have to boot from the XP CD to do that.

These are good guides to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print one for reference during the install.


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i just replaced my 512mb ddr400 3200 2.5v, with 2gb ddr400 3200 2.6v
the PSU in this PC came 250w max from manufacturere. does the additional ram cause more of a strain on the PSU? suggestions are welcome. thnx

A:do additional ram sticks require more from PSU?

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Just purchased new 1tb hd and installed Vista on it. Old C: is now F: and it is this drive I want to format. Both are S-ATA.

When I try to use the format functions, both right-click and elevated command prompt versions, I'm told the drive is still in use and cannot be formatted.

In elevated command prompt it tries to unmount the drive without success.

In safe mode I get the same messages.

I have tried to delete the contents of the drive but Vista is preventing me from deleting the old system files and directories.

How do I proceed?


A:Formatting Hard Drives In Vista

So your new 1 tb drive has Windows Vista installed on it and now its your new C: (or system) drive. Guessing your old drive which is now F: as you named it, is going to be used for data storage. Vista may be using some of the old system files. When installing vista, did you try to just reformat the old drive?

Also, you could always try to run the CD again and do a reformat of that drive only. See what it says. Or you could always use another 3rd party program such as GParted. It's an excellent tool for partitioning, resizing, and reformatting drives to the desired file system.

In any case, I probably won't ask you to proceed with this until you know for certain that vista isn't using any of the old system files on that partition. Was vista also installed on the older drive? Just seems like two separate volumes should not share the same system files on a new install of an OS. I'm curious to see what others may say, so unfortunately, I can't be of to much help. If someone gives the go ahead, try it. Be sure to back up ALL info before doing so though. Sorry, and good luck

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I have recently installed a new motherboard, processor, more RAM and added another SATA hard drive (40Gig). The old drive (10Gig) will remain in the system for back up. How do I change the new drive (now designated as the E:drive) to be the C: drive in order to reinstall XP?
This computer does not see a lot of use but is very slow now even though the new widgets were installed.

A:Changing and formatting hard drives

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OK, getting ready to reformat my drive.

When I first installed my external hard drive (firewire) I remember I had to do something in DOS. I "think" it was partition the C drive (Hard Drive) for the new external D drive.

I'm running Win98SE.

Can anyone give me a step by step for what I need to do. Also the D drive is now mostly full so I need to make sure I won't loose the data on the external doing the re install.

A:Reinstalling External Hard Drives...?

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I guess this is the best section for this. As I said in my other topic my PC apparently has the Hippi virus and i will have to format. I have a secondary hard drive, a D drive with 80 gigs. It was installed from the factory. If I format is it ok to remove this drive prior to the format to save the data from being wiped? Or will it not allow me to format? It has no system files on it obviously but I wanted to ask if it's ok before I try it.

Again the computer is (unfortunately) a Sony VAIO with Windows XP Media Center.

A:Formatting a system and secondary hard drives.

You don't have to physically remove the secondary drive, just unplug it.

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Is it possible for me to use the system repair tool (the one that comes up when you boot from the Windows XP CD and press R at the menu) to format only a specific partition on a hard drive, or do you always have to erase the whole drive?

A:Question about formatting hard drives and partitions

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I have an older PC which is running Windows 98SE. It has a 40gig hard drive which is partitioned with the operating system installed on the C Drive. The D Drive is full of games which were already installed on the computer when I acquired it.

My problem is that the O/S has become very unstable and I need to re-install. But also at the same time I would like to create a dual boot system so I can use XP as well. As I donít have the disks for any of the games I wish to keep, I have acquired a second smaller hard drive that I'm planning to make the slave. If possible I would like to transfer the games from my existing larger hard drive to the new one and to re-install 98SE to just use with the games. (I donít think they would be compatible with XP anyway). I could then format the bigger drive and install XP to use as my main system.

Is there anyway to do this transfer of already installed games between drives and if so would the games still work if I reinstall 98SE as well. I would appreciate any help or advice about how to go about this. Or if it's not possible I will have to have a re-think.


A:Transferring Games Between Hard Drives And Reinstalling O/S

Good Morning pejayuk, that presents a few problems, the windows system you currently have would be tied to the games and have a lot of different registry entries and components that probably wont be available if you do a clean reinstall.
That becomes quite a complex task!

Are you aware that XP will install over the top of your present W-98 and should retain the connectivity to those games to allow them to be played.
Otherwise making a dual boot can be a problem.

I would be inclined to do an "over the top install" with XP then when everything is working properly (crossed fingers) fit the second drive, then deselect the first drive in BIOS to leave your small drive detected.
Ensure the other drive is unseen.
Then load your W-98 as a fresh load to that smaller drive.

On completion and when everything is operating properly you can reselect your other drive in BIOS so that both drives are detected, and then you can install a boot manager and have a boot menu to select which drive you wish to boot at start-up.

This is probably the easiest method I can think of.

By the way a triple boot machine is better still, this Puppy Linux I am using makes an ideal third system and will pick up both drives quite nicely and reliably with it's boot manager.

Others will have different ideas.

Cheers, qldit.

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Do I have to? For the old System Restore and Recycle Bin?

A:Do I have to format all hard drives when reinstalling the system?

Are you sayinig you want to keep the old system restore? Dont get what your saying on this part.

But no you do not have to format all hard drives.. Nor any partitions within the hard drives.
This is why I use 6 partitions on my system. 1 for my operating system ( a small 20 gig partition) 1 for my program files...1 for my multimedia one for my temp file and another for backup.. This way if I ever reinstall my os I dont have to format all my partitions. Makes it so much easier and is actually faster with smaller partitions and keep fragmentation under control better

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We're a busy IT department in local govt.  We've just had an internal health check and have been caught out by a few patches where it's not been enough to install the patch - you also have to read the accompanying release notes.  
Some of these indicate that a particular GPO needs to be created to enforce (or otherwise modify) the security options that the patch makes possible.  Now, we can do that, but it would be good to know before (or when) we install the patches that additional
actions are required.  
What I'd like to see is, for each list of monthly and oob patches, the required action list for each patch, so either:
- Just install it - job's a good'un
- Install it, and then modify behaviour if necessary, using GPO.  
This would mean we wouldn't have to spend over an hour a month reviewing patch literature to find out what we need to do.  
Can anyone assist?  

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hi guys, i'm looking at formatting and reinstalling windows xp on my friends computer. at the moment she is running windows xp home edition service pack 1 (OEM). i have a genuine windows xp home edition service pack 2 disk. my question is, can i format her computer, then reinstall windows using my xp disk, but using her original product regestration key? is this legal in microsoft terms? will she be able to receive windows updates after installation???

A:formatting and reinstalling windows xp?

think you have a problem there

it wouldn't work for me when my daughtewrs pre installedsystem went awol

I tried to install from my genuine xp home cd ,but using her oem key

no go ! wouldn't accept it

but found this it may help


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Got a newbie easy question for anyone.

I always hear jokingly the answer to any problem with windows is to, "wipe out and reload," the pc. It seems easier to just back up the files and, format the drive, and reinstall windows.

My question is though to do this you would of course create a backup disc of your files, preferences, etc. But beyond this I am wondering the process to carry out formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows. Do you create a system snapshot disc(s) and or have a copy of your operating system on hand to reload/boot from?

Thanks to anyone who replies. Hopefully posted this in the right forum.

A:Formatting HD & Reinstalling Windows

Some people create an image of their current install and then restore it to a new drive. This will work well if the current install is without error and nothing significant has been changed from the old system. One advantage of doing this is that your personal files and all the Windows updates will be restored as they were when you made the image. A disadvantage is that you may transfer existing problems or even malware to the new drive. Also, you may need another hard disk to create a system image if you have lots of files.

Personally I do a completely clean install, just as I would with a brand-new, unformatted drive. The main problems with this is that Windows' updates take a while to accomplish and several re-boots before the system is up and running. It also takes a while to reinstall and re-update my other software. It's not hugely time consuming though (about two to three hours, mostly waiting -- I read a good book) and I do this about once every year or two.

Are you having problems with your system? If so, there are less drastic methods of refreshing it. A disk check (CHKDSK /R) and system file scan (SFC /SCANNOW) will often work wonders. Windows 8.x also has a Refresh and Reset option. The former will save your data and personal settings but will remove all non-Window's Store apps. The latter is akin to a clean install.

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Hi everyone, I have had windows 7 installed for over 12 months now but lately I am finding my pc to be a bit slow. I have just purchased some more RAM for it and I am going to get a 2tb internal HDD as well in the next few days. Then I am going to format the HDD and reinstall windows 7.

Now I already have a 600gb HDD which is partitioned into 3 drives (1 of these has win 7 installed). Is it possible when I put the windows 7 installation disc in and reformat the HDD to unpartition 2 of these drives and leave the other one untouched?

Thanks in advance.

A:Formatting HDD and Reinstalling Windows 7 64 bit

You can manipulate the partitions per choice by selecting the format drives options during the install. See here.

Partition the Hard Drive in a Windows 7 Install

For that matter you can postpone the decision to until after the install, then tinker with partitions either with the windows utility or with a tool like Partition wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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I did not know Windows 7 installation only allowed a quick format (not full format). Since my hard drives are about a year old, I wanted to do a full format. I wish Windows warned about this for more tech savvy users.

Now that I have already done a quick format with Windows 7 installation, should I worry about any bad sectors?

What if I have bad sectors during a chkdsk scan? Should I do the format all over again?

What if I DONT have bad sectors during a chkdsk scan? Will I be fine?

A:Formatting while reinstalling Windows 7

Hello mate.

If you really want, have a look at Option Two of this tutorial and then have a thorough look through the information below to get the best possible install.

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7

After you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media, use Step One of this tutorial at the first link below to do a wipe (secure erase) to the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive. Then if you do not want to create the new Windows 7 "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #2 to create, format and mark Active a single 100GB partition to do the installation to.
If you do want to create the "System Reserved" partition use the outline in Step Two #3 to create, format and mark Active the System Reserved partition and then create and format the 100GB partition to do the installation to.
Either way, running the "clean all" then creating and formatting the partition(s) using diskpart will get you the best possible space to do a clean install of Windows 7 to; you can always extend the Windows partition to include the remaining unallocated space on the HDD / SSD or create additional Primary partitions or an Extended partition after the installation completes if you choose.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

DISKPART : At PC Startup

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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I'd like to format and reinstall Windows XP on my computer...

I've had some issues with viruses over the past couple while, and I've had the computer for over 4 yrs now and it has never been formatted... so I think it's well time.

I've got the Product Recovery disk from when I purchase the computer, and I've backed up all my files and software installation files I'd like to keep. I'm just wondering if there is anything else I need before I format (i.e. drivers for modem, sound, wireless card, etc.)?

Just wondering what steps I need to take to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Also, I'd like to create a disk image once I have everything reinstalled with MS Office. I have Hiren's boot disk... What would be the best way to do this??

Thanks for the info!

A:Formatting and Reinstalling Windows XP

Most recovery discs aren't installation discs. You may not be able to use that disc to install the operating system.The hard drive had to initially be formatted in order to assign a partition and the install the operating system, this is the normal procedure.As for the drivers, you can either download the drivers from the manufacturer, or use a program like Driver Magician to back up your current drivers.

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So today I'm trading computers with my brother. He's giving me a Hp G72, but i want all of his stuff off of it. I don't have the disk, but i have the product key. Can anyone tell me how to get everything off of it and then put win 7 on it? Thanks in advance

A:Need help formatting and reinstalling Windows 7.

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I have a Toshiba laptop that came with a preinstalled copy of Windows-7 (64 bit) version purchased in July 2010. No setup disk came with the laptop, but there is a "Toshiba recovery media creator" utility. Now, I want to format my laptop, and here I have few queries regarding this:

[1] What is the better option for formatting my drive? Should I use the Toshiba media-creator or install a clean version of Windows-7 from an ISO download (am I allowed to do that? If so, what is a good site to download?) There is a "sticker-certificate" on the bottom of my laptop with a product-key. Will it work with the new install?

[2] Do I have the option of installing a 32-bit version of Windows-7 instead of 64-bit with the above license? The reason is that most applications I use are 32-bit and hence a 32-bit OS is better suited for me. But does the license allow me to do that?

[3] (The tricky part) - Since I have a good 320GB HDD, I want to dual-boot by creating two partitions - with a linux distribution (Ubuntu/openSuse) running on the second partition? Assuming I don't have the option of clean-install, will I be able to create the extra partition for linux using the Toshiba utility?

Thanks in advance.

A:Need help with formatting and reinstalling Windows-7

Everything you need is here to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Make your Recovery disks first and preserve the Recovery partitions so you have a path back to the preinstall if you want.

Look over these recommended steps to Dual Boot Ubuntu - EasyBCD - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

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Okay, I hate Windows Vista and I am updating to Windows 7. My question is this, I currently have Windows Vista, 32 bit system and when I open the "Computer" from the "Start" icon, I am showing the following Drives and Devices with Removable Storage (5).
First item:
1. "Hard Disk Drives (2).
A. Local Disk (C)
B. Second disk is "RECOVERY (D).
These are followed up by "Devices with Removable Storage (5)
1. HD DVD-ROM Drive (F)
2. Compact Flash (G)
3. Combo Socket (H)
4. SD/MMC (I)
5. Memory Stick (J)
This is exact how it is shown under the "Computer" Icon
How do I do a complete format of both drives so that I can do a clean boot and installation with Windows 7?
I have tried youtube recommendations but nothing is said about 2 drives.

A:Formatting "Hard Disk Drives (2) : Local Disc (C); Recovery (D)

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Sorry,my English is not good. I have a T480 with a SSD and a HDD. I heard that APS driver pushes by Windows Update on T480,but I didn't receive it. May it caused by dual hard drives? The driver on Lenovo website doesn't support T480.

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I'm going to be formatting and reinstalling Windows XP soon but I am confused on the partitions. I have 2 right as of now, NTFS and FAT. When formatting, would I delete both of these partitions and create 2 new NTFS and FAT ones? Then choose to install XP on NTFS or what? Any help is appreciated.

A:newbie formatting/reinstalling windows help

XP installs to one partition. I prefer NTFS because of file allocation and security.

Depending on drive size and personal preference dictates partitions and file structure.

On my XP box I have a 80g with 4 partitions. The PC is on a network that also includes a WIN98 PC. I have 1 10G partition NTFS that has XP and updates. Two other NTFS partitions that contain programs and data and a third partition that is FAT32 used to store temp files and data that I share with other PC's on the network. It is FAT32 since XP can read and write both NTFS and FAT32 but WIN98 can only deal with FAT32.

So if the drive is less than 20G I would recommend 1 NTFS partition. During install of XP you can instruct it to delete existing partitions and then create and format a new one.

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Good Morning,

I have done a lil research online regarding this, but the answer to me was not clear, so I thought I would bring my inquiry to the helpful pros on the forums here :)

My question is this, I purchased an HP Pavillion A1730N roughly 2 years ago, been running fine for me up until recently, when i been getting alot of errors and choppy behaviour from my system. I have run all the tools to optimize my performance, and have done a number of scans to ensure its not virus or malware related. Nothing ulitimately seems to be the big problem, so my last resort is to completely format adn start from scratch again. MY question i guess is this, I am unable to locate my Vista disk that came with my machine, luckly the product code etc is on my computer so i have that information.. Now HP always has a recovery partition built into there factory made machines is it possilbe to run a format from that partition and to reinstall windows from there? if it is, does anyone have a link or any information they can give me to help accomplish that? any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A:Formatting and reinstalling Windows from a partition

The PC did not come with Vista disks. You are suppose to make your own using recovery disk creation.

Yes You can format the c:\ partition by using the Recovery D: partition.

Think of your hard drive as a bedroom. You have a large room (c:) where you are always active and then you have a small closet (D:) where you store your clothes.

C: is where you save your files, D: is a copy of the operating system and preinstalled programs and drivers.

You have to tap F11 as the PC starts up (HP logo screen is the screen that you need to make sure you are tapping on F11.)

When it loads click Advanced Options and then system recovery.

Be sure to remove added hardware and only have the monitor, mouse, keyboard connected when you do it.

Take care!

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I need help.. due to some personal issues i need to completely reformat the whole HD.. and for some reason when i try to do it it only lets me format windows partition and i want EVERYTHING to be gone... how do i accomplish this???

A:formatting All partitions and reinstalling windows


If you want to completely wipe secure erase the entire Hard Disk Drive for security purposes, have a look through the information (Method Two) in this tutorial at the link below for some ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

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I did like 3 checks of the posts going back quite awhile and couldn't find any relating to my 2 questions? I also have mt rig in a boot-able state at the moment with (boot-able minitool partition wizard for technicians) so I cant run the SysInfo tool right now....if I can find the right knowledgeable techy I doubt my specs will be needed.

After a week and 7 installs of 1903 MS and I final figured out the issues....till last night when I got the Cumulative (part 2) 1903 update, after restart my whole system is freezing and like 6 clicks behind...took 2 minutes to delete a folder because is freezing.

So I have 1903 already prepared on a boot-able USB with ISO file ready to go. SOOOO...here are my 2 questions.

#1 - how to safely format/then set reasonable partitions on my Samsung Nvme M.2 MZVLV256 PM951 BEFORE I boot in with my creation tool?

#2 - I have the new 3.1 driver for my M.2 and have tried everything I've read to get it to install with no luck....any clues?

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So my main desktop has been running very slow and is very cluttered so i decided to do a full wipe and start again from scratch.

I have my setup disk and my computer booted it from disk just fine but does not show that i have another copy of windows on my machine. Instead of asking me whether or not to delete the old one it doesn't acknowledge that i have it at all instead it gives me a blue screen with

"The following list shows existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer"

then below that there is some text giving me the commands and further bellow there is a box with inside showing
"C: Partition1 [NTFS] 190772 MB < 86799 MB FREE >" and bellow that 8 mb of unpartitioned space.

My problem is that when i get to here i assumed that i would just hit install and it would clear out my drive and reinstall, but that was not the case. Instead my computer installed Another windows and when i restarted and attempted to boot it asks which one i would like to boot from. I attempted this again and the same thing happened.

All help is appreciated,
Thank you.

A:Formatting and reinstalling Windows XP problem

You need to delete the C partition, then create a new C partition, then format that new C partition in the NTFS file system(not the quick option), then install Windows XP in that partition.

If you read each window carefully that appears during the setup process, it'll tell which you which key to press to perform a specific function.

Here is a good pictorial guide to follow.


Hopefully, you know the identity of the devices in that computer and have the Windows XP drivers available for them.

A hard drive format and clean install of Windows XP probably won't install the drivers for all the devices, so it's good to have them available before you start.


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Well, I just wanted to ask if Formatting and Reinstalling Windows 7 would make it run like fresh? Like new, my PC has weirdly gotten slower, I know why. From Downloading, random stuff. So would reinstalling make this better? My Internet is also slowing down.

Thanks, I am new here. By the way, and should be posting here frequently.

A:Will reinstalling/formatting Windows 7, make it run fresh?

Is this factory OEM? If so try these steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware especially establishing a Clean Boot which is important for retail as well.

If this fails to help enough read over these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same for retail.

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Alrighty...~! Sooo, I have so far made 3 threads about my condition, and I think I'm nearing the end of my computer troubles by deciding to format my computer. tetonbob has so graciously suggested for me to follow the instructions from this page:


I just have a few questions first, before starting.

On the second paragraph, it says to back up all important files. What would those be? I don't have much stuff downloaded so I wouldn't mind if they go poof-poof.

Entering the product key...In the example shown, it shows that it needs 25 characters. I found a booklet that might have it, but it does not have 25 characters...I think what I am suppose to find is the Certificate of Authenticity, (COA) a sticker which should hold it. The booklet says that the "label has been removed by your PC manufacturer and should be attached to your PC". Yea, I don't see a sticker anywhere. Does it mean my PC screen or driver? What if I lost it?

I have an internet connection right now. So does that mean I have to reconnect that as well or something? I bet I do...I just wanna know if there might be any complications since if I have a problem with the formatting, I might not be able to reach you guys.

Thanks for all the support so far, TSF~

A:Formatting and Reinstalling Windows XP Home Edition


Originally Posted by DeviantCross

Alrighty...~! Sooo, I have so far made 3 threads about my condition, and I think I'm nearing the end of my computer troubles by deciding to format my computer. tetonbob has so graciously suggested for me to follow the instructions from this page:


I just have a few questions first, before starting.

On the second paragraph, it says to back up all important files. What would those be? I don't have much stuff downloaded so I wouldn't mind if they go poof-poof.

Entering the product key...In the example shown, it shows that it needs 25 characters. I found a booklet that might have it, but it does not have 25 characters...I think what I am suppose to find is the Certificate of Authenticity, (COA) a sticker which should hold it. The booklet says that the "label has been removed by your PC manufacturer and should be attached to your PC". Yea, I don't see a sticker anywhere. Does it mean my PC screen or driver? What if I lost it?

I have an internet connection right now. So does that mean I have to reconnect that as well or something? I bet I do...I just wanna know if there might be any complications since if I have a problem with the formatting, I might not be able to reach you guys.

Thanks for all the support so far, TSF~

Hi DeviantCross..

The things to backup would be any personal files, emails, mus... Read more

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Hi everyone,
recently I've just bought a PC for my younger brother, and upon buying it, Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate was installed, however the name that was registered, my sister's name was spelt incorrectly, and thus she seeing me edit things in regedit, she attempted to change some things in there from her mispelt name to her correct one. Anywho, upon doing that as some of you may have already assumed, Vista may not be running as stable, it ran and booted buh Vista was now unstable. Hence which lead to the problem.

I've formatted the HDD, using Windows XP PRO installation disc, wanting to install xp instead of Vista. So, after it formatted and copied the files, it normally reboots right ? and hence begin running off the files which were copied to the HDD. However, here's the problem that doesn't happen, each time after it finishes copying the file, it restarts and repeats the process, and boots from the cd-rom. I've attempted to change the booting order from, floppy, cd-rom, harddisk to floppy,hard disk,cd-rom and it still wont' run.

Also with the format, I did both a clean(full) sweep and a short(quick) format.

Thats the problem, if you need any more information about it, please let me know and thanks to all that help. I may have some grammatical errors as I am extremely exhausted by this problem.

A:Problems reinstalling windows xp/vista after formatting HD. Please help !! Thanks.

So, anyone know anything about it at all !? Also, might someone tell me how to edit my post.

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i'm going to keep this as simple as possible

-bought ssd (crucial mx100 256gb)
-put ssd into my computer
-made bootable win7 usb and plugged it in
-everything is going smooth and ok
-after install of wins 7 everything is fine, i decided to re-install a program i was using before
-i install some bloatware type malware that was inside the program (my mistake i should have looked for a better source)
-trying to format ssd hardrive and re install win 7 no luck as windows keeps telling me that there is no usb in place, i had already gone into the BIOS and the made the usb the primary boot
-tried to go back to restore point but i forgot to make one before i got started fml

not sure what my options are now. having trouble formatting my hardrive, win 7 deliberately refuses to read usb at startup, tried alt+f10 didn't work, and pos acer wants to charge me $20 for thier recovery software (it's come with all that bloatware to, no me gusta).

any suggestions

A:Having trouble formatting harddrive and reinstalling windows 7

Try this: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

But make sure you first define an aligned, primary active partition on your SSD to which you install. You can do that with Command Prompt from any installation or recovery disk?stick. The commands are:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick

And next time make an image of the system after you are done with the installation of the system and the programs. Then you can always backpaddle in 20 minutes.

Imaging with free Macrium

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First of all, you guys are doing a fantastic job, kudos to all at BleepingComputer.

I have read through your pinned topics and general "todos" before posting a topic. I think I have a "new" variant as an infection. Most definately a rootkit and some. It was causing all sorts of redirects, installation of scareware / malware etc. Avira Antivir,Mcaffee, Microsoft SE, MBAM. Super etc. could not do anything. HJT wont show what I need to see. I often use a fantastic tool called WhatsRunning and it was showing several "not wanted" IP connections. But its just a whatson scanner. Now after going through the motions I used ComboFix also, which would get stuck up - BSOD in normal and safe mode. I also scanned with UnHackMe which was showing presence of TDL3+mutant RK. Manually I would wipe off the files from appdata etc. but obviously it would comeback since the RK / Backdoor / Malware was not completely out.

Hence, instead of trying to waste time removing it, I clean formatted and installed a fresh copy of windows 7. For a few days it was fine, but now its back again. Could be because I had to use few files from the other drives / backup although I made sure I fully scanned all drives before doing anything and I have not used any exe, dll, dat, sys, com etc. files from the old backups. Especailly since I cannot delete / wipe files in APPdata/temp etc. I also feel that it is manifesting itself as flash player util and google toolbar etc.

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A:Rootkit I think - still after Formatting and Reinstalling clean windows 7

Hi,Welcome to BleepingComputer, my name is Casey and I'll be helping you out.Firstly, you should never use ComboFix without trained supervision. This tool is very powerful and can cause serious damage to your PC.Since your reformat, what anti-virus products do you have installed? Could you please run a scan with one of those and post me the log.Could you also follows steps 6,7 and 8 in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic34773.htmlCasey

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I've recently reinstalled Win7 64bit to my Mushkin enhanced Deluxe 240gb SSD. This drive had a missing MBR. I was finally able to reformat it and install Windows after changing the boot to Legacy Only in the Gigabyte BIOS. After installing all the updated drivers and video drivers in the new install I turned to re-connecting all the other HDs in my build that were there before the original problem occurred. These drives are a combination of SATA II and SATA III and worked fine on this build before my MBR problem. That's when the boot of windows stalled. I the tried connecting one at a time (There are 7 additional internal HDS) with the same results. The BIOS did see the one additional drive I reconnected on the second try. When I go back to the single drve everything is fine at boot. I even changed the boot back to UEFI and Legacy, thinking that was the cause of the problem. I'm at a loss to understand why these drives don't function in this, my second installation of Windows in this build.

Some System Info:

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
AMD A8/A10 39 ?C
Trinity 32nm Technology
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 800MHz (11-11-12-28)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. F2A85X-UP4 (P0) 21 ?C
ASUS VS228 ([email protected])
768MB AMD Radeon HD 8670D + 6570 Dual Graphics (ATI)
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A:Windows Boot stalls when adding additional Sata Drives

Well mate the only thing I can think of at the moment is to check the Device Manager and see if they are there and any error triangles alongside.

Perhaps you need to update the driver s these particular drives and personally I use the manufacturers for that as I am not a fan of the Windows feature.

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