How to Format computer.

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by RRITESH KAKKAR, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. RRITESH KAKKAR

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    Hello,
    I have never format computer to drive O.S. IN IT.
    please tell for window 7 and XP
     
  2. MrAl

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    You mean format the hard drive?
     
  3. Alec_t

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    Do you have Win7/XP on external media, or only in a hidden partition?
     
  4. takao21203

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    Nonsense post.

    You put the dvd, then follow instructions.

    Not work, then better throw away.
     
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  5. vead

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    1. Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc and then shut down your computer.
    2. Restart your computer.
    3. Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.
     
  6. joeyd999

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    You're Microsoft tech support, aren't you? :D
     
  7. vead

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    I use windows os . many time I have formatted my pc
     
  8. joeyd999

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    Ok. I just noticed you were from India, and the last time I called MSTS, one of your countrymen told me exactly the same thing.
     
  9. dl324

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    Formatting applies to some forms of data storage. A PC is a conglomeration of components; most of which can't be "formatted".
     
  10. ian field

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    When my W10 upgrade on top of W7 went tits-up, it wouldn't repair and refused to do a clean install either.

    In the end, I used Acronis utils to delete the partition and installed Linux Mint to overwrite everything.

    Deleting the Mint partitions was even more fun, I had to use the Acronis add drive util, but was then able to do a clean, ground-up install of W10.

    Whenever the PC has that much upheaval - its time to implement a boot drive for the OS and another drive for storing everything else.

    When it became obvious that I'd have to clean the boot drive, I just unplugged all the other drives with my files on them until the PC was back up and running again.
     
  11. joeyd999

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    Actually, there are few things in life easier. Really.
     
  12. ian field

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    I used the first thing that worked - and Acronis mount disk wasn't the first thing I tried.................
     
  13. BReeves

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    I still use an old DOS program I found some time ago called "Overkill". When ran from a boot CD it will return any hard drive to an as-shipped state ready to partition and format. Just don't try to run it off a boot USB drive, it will kill the USB drive, also make sure only 1 hard drive is installed in the computer.
     
  14. MrAl

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    Hi,

    When i used XP i dont remember having to reformat the drive ever. Just a reinstall now and then.
     
  15. ian field

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    All I can find on that search is gaming software.

    As I put the OS on one HDD and everything else on another - that would be perfect for me.

    Its a long time since I played with any DOS utils - how do you make a DOS boot CD?
     
  16. BReeves

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    Give me a little time to decide the best way to get you the files and I will make it easy for you. In the interim search for and download Magic ISO.

    Better yet, download and make yourself a boot cd from this web site.
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    It will have hard drive utilities that will get you where you need plus several other useful utilities for Windows.

    I buy allot of computers for Kiosks and have to change the OS to Windows embedded. Booting to a DOS CD and running overkill is allot faster than using the UBCD but it is dangerous.
     
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  17. ian field

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    Can't see the wood for the trees on the UBCD download site.

    Its so cluttered with adverts I can't find the download link.
     
  18. MaxHeadRoom

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    I use Dos 7.1 .ISO for that, I think it is still available out there, it has extra features such as unlimited file name length etc, It is not sanctioned by Windows, but I believe ripped from Win 98/XP.
    Max.
     
  19. Ramussons

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    Get Gparted ISO from a Linux site.
    Load it on a Penstick or a CD
    Boot off that and you can do Format / Partition / Copy ....... your Hard Disk
     
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