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Want to format C: drive


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#1 zaindy

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:13 AM

My system got infected with some kind of virus, which severely slowed down the PC and caused me a lot of frustration. So I simply installed Win 7 on my H: drive. Now I want to completely format the C: drive, the location of the previous Win 7 install. During the install itself, for some reason there was no option to format the C: drive and re-install the windows there. And now that I'm trying to format C: drive, I get an error message: 'Windows was unable to complete the format'.

How can I wipe clean the C: drive and keep it for general use, with the Win7 now on my H: drive? I'd appreciate any help.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:32 AM

DId you boot to the W7 dvd or did you start the install from within Winidows?

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:37 AM

I started the install from within windows.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 07:43 AM

Backup any necessary data, boot with your Windows 7 CD and format both of the drives. Then install Windows 7 fresh to your primary harddrive.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 08:26 AM

I started the install from within windows.


Okay, you can't do that. You need to boot to the Windows 7 DVD. You will then be given the option to format before installing. Choose that option, format all drives, and install to C: drive. Be sure to backup any key data first




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